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Report: Thunder about to re-sign Derek Fisher for rest of season

Feb 25, 2013, 1:39 AM EDT

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The Oklahoma City Thunder had one of the best backup point guards in the game with Eric Maynor, but they were going to lose him after the season through free agency, so they traded him at the deadline.

But they wanted to add some depth, and apparently don’t fully trust Reggie Jackson yet in the backup role, so they are going to turn to an old friend.

Derek Fisher is about to re-sign with the team according to ESPN.

Sources told ESPN.com that the Thunder, after trading Eric Maynor away last week before the NBA’s annual trade deadline, have made plans to sign Fisher, who joined the Thunder for the stretch run in March 2012 after the Los Angeles Lakers dealt Fisher to Houston….

Fisher, who won five championships with the Los Angeles Lakers, was viewed as a key locker room presence by Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks as the Thunder made it all the way to the Finals, losing to the Miami Heat in five games.

Fisher played nine games at the start of this season with the Mavericks, but asked out of his contract after a knee injury. He rehabbed back at home in Los Angeles.

If you see a lot of Fisher on the court, it’s not a good thing. He knocked down a few shots but was a defensive liability for the Thunder last year — he averaged 6.3 points a game playing 22 minutes a night, with a PER of 10.4. Now he’s a year older and coming off a knee injury. But as a backup in the locker room he can work. He has been there.

  1. 00maltliquor - Feb 25, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    1) Stop it with this “one of the best backup point guards in the game” bs when speaking on Maynor. He’s cool, but nothing any team would be sorely missing if he was out for an extended period of time.
    Or in general (and I was one of Maynor’s biggest supporters coming out of VCU, so I don’t think he’s trash).

    I’ve heard a sports pundit on TV say he “might” be the best backup PG in the NBA as if Eric Bledsoe or Jarret Jack didn’t exsist. Hell, he’s not even half of Devin Harris’ level.

    2) Hell yeah Fish! ‘Nother shot at a ring! Go get ‘em!

    • dangernearing - Feb 25, 2013 at 7:47 AM

      You were making sense until you threw Devin Harris and his inefficient game into the mix. In the modified words of Dave Chappelle ” ‘Malt Liquor’ is helluva drug”.

  2. 00maltliquor - Feb 25, 2013 at 2:47 AM

    Yeah, if Maynor was so good, then why did Reggie Jackson make him expendible?

    Talking heads are so quick to make an NBA star look unworthy, but pump up the mediocre dudes with the feel good stories or what have you for no reason.

    That’s like Norris Cole still getting high praise for that ONE week or two that he had where he balled out the beggining of his rookie year or teams still handing out 10 day contracts to Sundiata Gaines off the strength of that game winning shot he made in Utah on a 10 day call up a few years back. Chill out and be easy guys. Don’t let it get out of hand.

    • miamatt - Feb 25, 2013 at 12:34 PM

      Norris Cole deserves high praise for the steady improvement he has shown, and his increasing role in Spoelstra’s rotation. His jump shot is dramatically improved from last year, and he is finishing much stronger at the basket. Not only that he is an aggressive and, at times, disruptive defender- Battier, Allen, and Cole coming off the bench looks to be a pretty nice combo.

      Not saying he’s best-backup-in-the-league material at the moment, but he’s a contributer on one of the league’s elite teams and if you don’t think he’s a promising part of Miami’s future, I don’t know what games you ae watching.

      • 00maltliquor - Feb 25, 2013 at 12:53 PM

        Never said he was trash or not a good player. He’s cool to come off the bench. I wouldn’t mind having him (or anyone for that matter when your backup happens to be Steve Blake).

        But admit, he gets a little too much love from the media and you know it’s from that one week where he looked like he could be taking Chalmers spot in the starting 5 during the begining of his rookie year. He really hasn’t done anything impressive since then but just be solid.

  3. fotydaze - Feb 25, 2013 at 5:24 AM

    Hey Iverson, this is why you should be a good person, teams keep picking you up even a when you’re WAY past washed up!!!!

  4. ranoversquarells - Feb 25, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    Why!?! My dead grandmother with has more speed than Fisher at this point …

    • miamatt - Feb 25, 2013 at 12:35 PM

      That’s true, though her PER is just a tad lower than Fisher’s over the past couple of seasons.

  5. edwardemanuelson - Feb 25, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Jeez, I had forgotten all about Fisher’s 9 game stint with that sinking Mav ship earlier this year. And now he gets picked up by OKC…?

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.

  6. thestudiokida - Feb 25, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    The Thunder probably want his leadership. He is a statue on defense and his jumper isn’t so clutch anymore. But good for him getting a job.

  7. misterchainbluelightning - Feb 25, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    How is the guy that bails on teams unlike anyone I have ever seen be considered a good leader? All that cred was thrown out the door years ago. Fisher sucks and nobody in 2013 considers him a leader, and if they do they are fools.

  8. kb2408 - Feb 25, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Good, I love D. Fish!!

  9. kavika6 - Feb 26, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    Are OKC out of their minds?

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