May 15, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Derek Fisher (6) rests on the bench during game five against the Memphis Grizzlies in the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Grizzlies defeated the Thunder 88-84. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Free Agency Rumors: Derek Fisher to re-sign with OKC Thunder?


May 15, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Derek Fisher (6) rests on the bench during game five against the Memphis Grizzlies in the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Grizzlies defeated the Thunder 88-84. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

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.

 

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.

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  • Dr Swishhh

    I can’t believe the automatic negative reaction from Thunder fans about Derek Fisher. I’m talking in general, not about Andrew’s article. I don’t think people understand the value of a veteran presence in the toughest league in the world. Sam Presti is big on the people he brings in leaving an indelible mark on the culture of the ball club. Fisher is an awesome person to have around your ball club and I am happy for him to keep leaving those marks. I agree that Brooks has his issues in coaching according to routine rather than on instinct, but he is not a complete moron. If Lamb is good enough he will play.

    Has anyone actually paid attention to Fisher’s playoff stats this past season? 0.457
    FG & 0.471 3PT. What, no good? You want more than that? You weren’t happy as all of those shots went in during the playoffs? In addition I reckon he was in better shape and moving as well as he has for some time. Fisher knows what he is doing when he is on the court; he knows how to space the floor by not being bolted to one spot on the 3pt arc. In my opinion he doesn’t have to shoot as well as he did last season to be effective, but if he doesn’t fans will cane him. Fisher gives us leadership and he gives us options and that’s what we need. Its about time the fans started showing him the respect he deserves.