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Thunder bringing back Derek Fisher on a one-year contract

Jul 24, 2013, 9:26 PM EDT

Derek Fisher, Eric Bledsoe AP

The Thunder will be bringing back Derek Fisher for a third straight season, after signing him to a one-year contract for the veteran’s minimum salary on Wednesday.

“Derek has proven to be a valuable member of our team and we are excited to have him back,” Thunder GM Sam Presti said, via the official release. “He has such a positive impact on his teammates and the organization.”

This will be the first full year that Fisher has appeared on the Thunder’s roster. Last season, he signed with the team in late February after a weird parting of the ways with the Mavericks, and was brought on the season before after being traded by the Lakers to Houston in the deal that sent Jordan Hill to Los Angeles.

Fisher played in 24 regular season games for the Thunder last season, and averaged 4.1 points in 14.4 minutes per game, while shooting 35.1 percent from three-point distance. His minutes increased as a matter of necessity in the postseason once Russell Westbrook went down with a knee injury, and he finished the playoffs with a 27.1 minutes per game average.

The Thunder always say that Fisher is there for his veteran leadership more than anything else, but Scott Brooks has continued to play him in the rotation instead of developing younger, more talented players on the roster like Reggie Jackson.

With Jackson’s emergence in the playoffs, that should change next season.

This signing will undoubtedly be a disappointment to Thunder fans, as Oklahoma City was said to be one of the two teams at the top of Mike Miller‘s free agent list after he was amnestied by the Heat this summer.

On the same day Miller committed to the Grizzlies, the Thunder went out and inked Fisher.

  1. metalhead65 - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    good luck with that thunder fans. enjoy him until he retires to be with his family and then signs with the grizzlies or heat or anybody else that looks like they have a better chance to win. I will be rooting for anybody else but the thunder now that he is on the team.

    • bigmeechy74 - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:56 PM

      First of all, the fans aren’t going to enjoy him. He sucks. Second of all, He isn’t going to leave the thunder to join a better team. That makes no sense.

      • metalhead65 - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:03 PM

        yea the Jazz and Mavericks thought that to. how did that work out for them? the point is the guy only looks out for himself and if things are not rolling for the thunder next year they will be the next team he leaves.

  2. bigmeechy74 - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    I think it’s time we stop with the “Sam Presti is a genius” talk. I used to love this team. Then they traded Harden and kept Perkins etc. Now I don’t.

    • nandaramesh - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:34 PM

      true…they are just riding durrant and westbrook to stay as a “contender”. Too bad… fisher and perkins were both bad pick ups but they are insisting on keep them both. too bad as this year also they will disappoint.

  3. htownred34 - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    This team did absolutely nothing this season to get better, a healthy Westbrook still won’t get you past the WCF. The Thunder get a F for this years offseason…

    • nandaramesh - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:36 PM

      absolutely. sad because I like durrant and was hoping they will get better after their finals chance…but they are only slipping backwards!

  4. tigerpork - Jul 24, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    what no lakers?

  5. 00maltliquor - Jul 25, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    Alright Fish!!

    The Big Fish won’t go down! It’ll be 2019 and we’ll still be reading about him signing a one year tender!

  6. brookwell2013 - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Not unexpected with Fish. We’ll see what happens this year but I am getting the feeling that somehow the Thunder just barely missed that window to win it all and now it is closing on them. I think the posters that said they did not have a good off season in terms of roster improvement are correct……with Westbrook still a question mark it all falls on KD and man, he may not have enough talent around him to get that ring.

  7. rvidxrklvn - Jul 26, 2013 at 6:09 AM

    F*** d fish and perkins and brooks while im at it

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