Well, after much speculation, Derek Fisher is officially a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder. The crafty veteran joins Oklahoma City after being claimed off waivers from Houston.
Fisher is in his 16th season with fourth team. He technically never played for the Rockets, so just four teams. He previously played with the Lakers (twice), Warriors and Jazz. He’s averaging 5.9 points per game this season with 3.3 assists. He’s shooting 38% from the field and 32% from three-point range.
Oklahoma City was in the need for a point guard after Rookie Reggie Jackson was unable to keep up to the producation that injuried point guard, Eric Maynor, was able to produce. It’s understood though, Jackson is just a rookie.
ESPN.com reported Tuesday that Fisher and the Thunder were “very close” on a deal despite a strong pitch from the Heat, who could only offer the veteran minimum salary. The Thunder have roughly $3 million left of their mid-level exception and thus possessed the ability to outbid Miami by offering a portion of that amount to sign Fisher to a one-year deal. GM Sam Presti said that the contract length would be just for the rest of this season.
Fisher passed up 3.4 million to play with the Houston Rockets to be able to play with a competitor. It’s not the first time in his career, he’s passed up money to play with a team that has a chance to win a title. In 2007, Fisher gave up around 8 million to play with the Utah Jazz to return to the Lakers. The reason, LA doctors were treating Fisher’s daughter for a rare form of eye cancer.
Fisher passed his physical Wednesday afternoon and signed his contract at 5 p.m. this evening. That has allowed him to be in uniform for tonight’s game. Fisher will read #37 for tonight’s game against the Clippers
Oklahoma City released rookie Ryan Reid from Florida State. In five games for the Thunder, Reid averaged 1.6 points per game and 0.4 rebounds per game in 3.4 minutes. He spent a majority of his time in Tulsa.
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