Derek Fisher has a list of five teams he his interested in playing for next season: the Thunder, Nets, Bulls, Cavaliers and Mavericks. Fisher had drawn interest from the Knicks as well before they signed Jason Kidd.
Fisher was signed by the Oklahoma City Thunder last season after the Los Angeles Lakers traded him to the Houston Rockets where he was waived. Fisher chose the Thunder over the Miami Heat.
The Thunder were in need of a backup point to finish out last season after Eric Maynor had torn his ACL after just nine games and the rookie point experiment of Reggie Jackson was not thriving by any means.
Fisher came in and did his job and made a few big shots during the playoffs. That was expected.
Thunder head coach Scott Brooks did seem to like playing Fisher a little too much, often using him in OKC’s small lineups instead of a player like Thabo Sefolosha. Brooks would ride the hot hand after Fisher made a shot or two but usually it didn’t quite pay off for the Thunder.
Fisher is still considering the Thunder this offseason but it is very unlikely they are interested in signing him. Maynor is expected to be recovered from his injury next season and the Thunder have already signed Hasheem Thabeet in free agency and drafted Perry Jones III leaving just one more open roster spot.
The Thunder are not looking to add a fourth point guard unless they elect to re-sign Royal Ivey for very little money which is still a possibility.
Fisher, Ivey and Nazr Mohammed are the three Thunder players from last year’s team that may not be back in 2012-13. In fact, cross Fisher and Mohammed off that list for sure.
A lot of teams and players are making a lot of news in this so far exciting NBA free agency period but the Thunder are forced to stand pat.
The No. 1 priority for OKC is working on extensions for James Harden and Serge Ibaka and possibly Maynor as well. The task of keeping Harden and Ibaka long-term is not an easy one and it is believed that both will have to accept less money to remain with the team down the road.
The last thing the Thunder want to see is the free agency market determine their values. We have seen already this offseason what that can mean with Eric Gordon receiving a max-offer from Phoenix and the money being thrown at guys like Roy Hibbert and Nicolas Batum.
Both Harden and Ibaka can expect to see excessive cash offered their way if they are free agents next summer. OKC does not want to see that happen.