Derek Fisher is still an unsigned free agent after finishing out last season with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Fisher was traded from the Los Angeles Lakers at the trade deadline to the Houston Rockets, who then waived him.
Thunder head coach Scott Brooks told the L.A. Times that there is still a chance Fisher could be back with the Thunder next year.
“There still is,” Brooks said. “Everything is still fluid. Derek Fisher, just being around him, I can tell why he’s loved by so many people and why the Lakers won so many championships. He puts everything he has into every possession, every practice and every game. In our practices, he is 37 and he did everything we asked, every drill and every possession. He practices every day. It was great. I don’t think we could’ve gone as far as we did without him. I thought he was terrific and I love him. I really have a lot of respect for him.”
Brooks played the role of backup point guard well in his playing career, primarily with the Rockets, so he knows the benefit of the position. After Eric Maynor went down with an injury that ended his season last year, rookie Reggie Jackson was unable to do a sufficient job in the role leading to the signing of Fisher.
The chances of Fisher coming to the Thunder were said to be “remote” by Sam Amick of SI.com. The Thunder have 18 players that will be on their training camp roster and with Maynor and Jackson returning next year, there isn’t much room for Fisher.
Fisher has been seen working out at the Lakers and Clippers’ training facilities this summer. The chance of Fisher returning to the Lakers is also more unlikely than not at this point.
All in all, Fisher did not contribute a ton for the Thunder last season and there is really no reason for the Thunder to pursue him for next year. Brooks was just giving the correct answer to the question by not saying much at all.