Most of the big names in the NBA have already found a home this offseason but there are still a few players out there in search of a team.
Michael Redd is one of them and the Oklahoma City Thunder have been grouped in as a possible suitor for the veteran 3-point specialist. Derek Fisher, who finished last season with the Thunder, could find his way to San Antonio.
Sam Amico of Fox Sports says: “Apparently no interest from Cavs on Ohio guy Michael Redd, but teams mentioned as possible suitors include the … Wizards, Nuggets, Grizzlies, Bulls, and yes, Thunder, who still have a spot available in the backcourt after Derek Fisher’s departure. Both Redd and Fisher are unrestricted free agents, and while clearly past their primes, could still help a team looking for shooting and a veteran presence off the bench. As for Fisher, it would not surprise me to see him end up with the Spurs.”
The Thunder don’t exactly have a spot open in the backcourt. With Eric Maynor returning from injury and the signings of Hasheem Thabeet and Hollis Thompson this summer, OKC has a full roster.
That doesn’t mean it would be impossible for them to sign another player like Redd. Redd averaged 8.2 points per game last season in 51 games with the Phoenix Suns. He averaged 15.1 minutes per game but shot just .318 percent from three, despite playing with Steve Nash.
Whenever people are trying to come up with possible destinations for 3-point specialists, the Thunder’s name is often brought up. Such has been the case with Sacramento Kings’ guard Jimmer Fredette as well.
Fisher was signed by the Thunder last season after being traded from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Houston Rockets at the trade deadline and then waived by Houston. He played in the final 20 games for the Thunder averaging 20.4 minutes per game and 4.9 points per game.
Fisher played a lot of important minutes in the playoffs and had some big moments which we are used to seeing from him.
The Spurs don’t seem to have any kind of need for Fisher with guards Tony Parker, Gary Neal, Patty Mills and Nando De Colo already on the roster. Not to mention Fisher’s past being a Spurs killer and the unforgettable 0.4 seconds left shot.
The point with Fisher is that he only wants to go somewhere where he can win. That’s why teams like Chicago, Miami and now San Antonio are being linked to his name.
It seems unlikely that Fisher will become a Spur just like it seems unlikely the Thunder will change their roster anymore before next season.