Free agent point guard Derek Fisher still hasn’t found a home this offseason. Fisher was traded from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Houston Rockets at the trade deadline last season and then was waived by Houston.
The Oklahoma City Thunder then signed Fisher, who was contemplating at the time signing with the Heat or Bulls as well.
Fisher fit in well with the Thunder for the most part. He has some big Fisher-like moments in the playoffs, hitting a few big shots and doing a better job than Reggie Jackson as Russell Westbrook’s backup.
Fisher averaged 4.9 points per game in 20 regular season games with the Thunder last season. In the playoffs, he averaged 6.3 points per game in 22.3 minutes. He shot .415 percent from the field and .375 percent from three.
SI.com’s Sam Amick is reporting that there is only a “remote” chance Fisher will be back in OKC next year. The Thunder not only have Westbrook and Jackson on the roster but Eric Maynor is returning from ACL surgery next season so there is really no need for Fisher. The Thunder also already have more than 15 players under contract if you include some of the training camp signees.
Amick also reported that Fisher turned down the Chicago Bulls before the Bulls signed Nate Robinson to backup Krik Hinrich while Derrick Rose is still recovering from his knee injury. This is somewhat puzzling because aside from Miami and OKC, the Bulls are one of the few teams out there who could compete for a title and that’s what Fisher wants to do now in the twilight of his career.
It seems unlikely Fisher would want to go somewhere like New Orleans or Cleveland at this point. Maybe there’s a chance he is somehow waiting on the Los Angeles Lakers and a possible return there. He has done it before. The Lakers are pretty set at point guard with Steve Nash and Steve Blake though so that is pretty unlikely too.
Fisher can still bring something to a team in limited minutes off the bench. But the point guard position has become very deep in the NBA and no team seems like they plan to reach for Fisher if they don’t absolutely need another backup point.