The Oklahoma City Thunder just can’t resist the old man that is Derek Fisher.
A report has emerged that the Thunder will again bring Fisher back to Oklahoma City next season, making it three years in a row running with the old guy.
Hearing Derek Fisher is headed back to OKC on a 1-year deal. I guess he won’t be part of the Lakers reunion tour headed toward Los Angeles.
— Daniel Buerge (@danielbuergeLA) July 22, 2013
If this is true and happens, then it will likely mean that Mike Miller is not happening for the Thunder. OKC has a little under $1 million left before hitting the luxury tax, which means they will only be able to sign one player to a veteran minimum contract for next season.
With Fisher, we know what we will be getting from him in OKC. He is a great leader and presence in the locker room. He isn’t afraid of the moment and will always take the big shot, sometimes to a fault.
Scott Brooks’ love for Fisher is and should be the most talked about aspect of this potential signing. Brooks will play Fisher as much as possible. My worry, is that he will be playing Fisher over Jeremy Lamb, which could push back the development of Lamb, who is supposed to be one of the most important players for the Thunder next season.
The one hope with that is what happened last season when Reggie Jackson entered his second season in the NBA. Eric Maynor was back from injury and eventually (Christmas Day), Brooks had no choice but to play Jackson over him. So there is a chance that Brooks will go with the young guy over a veteran in some cases.
But Brooks’ love for Fisher is another animal. I expect the bench players getting the most run at the start of next season to be Jackson, Fisher, Nick Collison and Hasheem Thabeet. My worry is Brooks deciding to play Thabo Sefolosha, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook a ton of minutes instead of going with Lamb.
I hope I’m wrong and hope Fisher re-signing is a good thing. Fisher could surely be of value to the Thunder if used appropriately. It’s just hard not to imagine Brooks using him a little too much.