Derek Fisher will be back with the Oklahoma City Thunder next season, according to The Oklahoman.
There was a report earlier this week that Fisher was going to re-sign with the Thunder for what will now be the third year in a row. Fisher’s deal will be the veteran’s minimum worth $1.4 million this season.
FIsher, 39, was brought on after the All-Star Break in each of the last two seasons and proved valuable in the playoffs each time. Fisher was especially brilliant in the playoffs this past season after Russell Westbrook got hurt as he shot 47.1 percent from behind the three-point line.
The only major loss for the Thunder this summer was Kevin Martin leaving for the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Thunder still said they wanted to bring in a third point guard for the roster.
Fisher played a lot of minutes alongside either Russell Westbrook or Reggie Jackson last season, and Jackson still was the second string point guard behind Westbrook after Fisher was first signed. There shouldn’t be any worry that Fisher will be stealing any minutes from Jackson.
As far as Jeremy Lamb goes though, I could totally see Fisher getting the nod to play over him. Scott Brooks could definitely rationalize to himself a way to fix the rotation to not include Lamb while rotating Westbrook, Fisher, Jackson and Sefolosha in the backcourt. I hope not because Lamb’s development seems as important as ever for this upcoming season.
As long as Fisher isn’t getting run over other more deserving players, his signing is a good one for the Thunder. The value of his leadership is undeniable and he will remain a great presence in the OKC locker room.
It is unclear yet how the Thunder signing Fisher will affect their chances to sign Mike Miller or any other free agent. This could be a sign that the Thunder are out of the running for Miller. They still should be able to get Miller as well if they want to and can.