Monday, February 25th, 2013 at 9:10 am  |  40 responses

OKC Thunder Signed Derek Fisher (UPDATE)

by Marcel Mutoni @ marcel_mutoni

38-year old Derek Fisher is on his way back into the NBA, according to multiple reports.

After he was released by the Dallas Mavericks in December, Fisher is expected to re-join the OKC Thunder, where he posted 6.3 points and 1.3 assists in 20 playoff games last season. The move comes after OKC traded away Eric Maynor.


The veteran guard will sign with the team Monday for the remainder of the season, according to multiple league sources. The Thunder declined comment late Sunday.

Fisher appeared in nine games this season with the Dallas Mavericks before asking for his release in December because the 38-year-old — after suffering a knee injury — wanted to return home to his family in Los Angeles. Fisher, who won five championships with the Los Angeles Lakers, was viewed as a key locker room presence by Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks as the Thunder made it all the way to the Finals, losing to the Miami Heat in five games. In recent weeks, Fisher — who doubles as NBA Players Association president — has been working out of the NBPA offices in advance of the player vote during All-Star Weekend to oust union chief Billy Hunter.

In addition to his locker room presence, the veteran Fisher averaged 8.6 points and 3.6 assists in 25 minutes during his brief 9-game stint with Dallas earlier this season.

UPDATE: As expected, the OKC Thunder have made the signing official. Terms of the deal were undisclosed. From the press release: “We are excited to welcome Derek back to the Thunder organization,” said general manager Sam Presti. “He contributed to our team in various ways last season, and we are looking forward to him joining us again.”

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  • biggieman

    God Damn it.

  • christianbullen

    hmmm.. At this point in his career there has to be a better option out there. Maybe there is some undercover ploy to him retaining his NBPA presidency.. idk how that works. You feel for a D league player who you know can outplay a 38 yr old fish.. gotta be like what the fu**

  • spit hot fiyah

    they traded maynor to make room for Fisher?

  • Otis

    Is he gonna wear #38 this year?

  • underdog

    Some of y’all under appreciate playoff experience and vocal leadership. They didn’t sign him to take the load off Westbrook’s shoulders, I think that’s obvious. But he’s a savvy player who can still knock down some 3s. Yes, it’s a risky move, because the team lose a roster spot, but it seems like the Thunder management is ready take that risk. They sure know better that I do.

  • eZ

    “Sam Amick, USA TODAY Sports6:55p.m. EST December 22, 2012
    Derek Fisher was waived by the Mavericks on Saturday.
    Fisher, a point guard, requested the team make the move.
    The 16-year NBA veteran joined the Mavericks on Nov. 29.
    Mavericks point guard Derek Fisher will be waived from the team at his
    request, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to USA TODAY
    Sports. The Mavericks later announced the move.Fisher signed
    with the Mavericks on Nov. 29 and had been a good fit in his short time
    with the team, but he did not like being away from his family in Los
    Angeles and asked Dallas owner Mark Cuban to respect his wishes and
    facilitate this move.”

    What’s the distance between LA and Dallas?

    What’s the distance between OKC and Dallas?

    What’s the difference in records between the thunder and mavs?


  • http://twitter.com/ec_lkhaa Will Lee

    i liked Fisher as a veteran and clutch shooter. But he continuously clown with his bosses, ask to get waived to sign with a contender is unprofessional. To me, he’s like Spree and Marbury.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk


  • JM

    Why wouldn’t you resign the guy who shot 34% for you last year? Especially when he can’t defend any point guards capable of running and dribbling at the same time.

  • ayochaser

    Just delaying his front office/coaching career in my opinion.

  • Dutch Rich

    Mark Cuban, the city and possibly the State not making much of a lasting impression with Laker veterans I see.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sajjatam Sajjatam Tp Kulsomboon

    I expected a move like this from the Knicks.

  • Mike Mihalow

    but Oklahoma City is well known for its excellent medical facilities (yes, that was sarcasm).

  • Mike Mihalow

    apparently, that was the plan, yes

  • Max

    Reggie Jackson better not lose any minutes to Fish.

  • analfissures

    Shows how much you know. OU medical is one of the greatest medical facilities around.

  • KBthaKilla

    They only signed Fish to fill a roster spot incase something happens to Russ or Reggie. It’s not like they’re keeping him beyond the season.

  • Mike Mihalow

    says the dumbass that doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Its been reported that only a few cities have the facilities for his daughter’s illness, and none of them were OKC.

  • JML-G

    why the hell could Knicks need Fisher for!?

  • Kadavour

    i call BULLSH!T on this. What are the rules regarding his position as the president of the NBAPA and his presence on an active roster? None of this is about leadership or treatment for his daughter. He’s Billy Hunter pt. 2

  • analfissures

    You reading what I wrote, or are you putting words in my mouth? I never said anything about his daughter’s illness, I just said Oklahoma had an established medical center. Go sit in a corner and learn to read what people actually write, instead of insulting them for something they didn’t say.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    because he’s only 38…they need youth on that roster full of 40 year olds…Think about the future!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Brill86 Andrew Woods

    At least they will have Fisher’s 2.5pts per game average to help offset the loss of Harden.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Brill86 Andrew Woods

    And Allen Iverson is still unemployed. Hell, I’d rather take a flyer on Marbury before fisher. Why stop with Fisher, I know Shawn Kemp and Smush Parker would love a few playoff checks.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Nick Tha Quick

    I may be wrong but I don’t think there are any rules requiring the NBAPA prez to be on an active roster at all times. I think he just has to be an active player i.e not retired. He can be “in between teams”. Also, however suspect his reasons may be for his release from the Mavs only to re-sign with OKC, he requested and was granted release by the Mavs. They were ok to let him out of it. He doesn’t owe them anything. Cubes may not appreciate it but he could just as easily said no to Fish wanting out.

  • patrick

    derek fisher sucks imo…gilbert arenas, delonte west, tmac, flip murray all better imo..

  • patrick

    allen iverson>fisher

  • Happy

    It’s not against the NBPA rules, but he is well aware of how it looked when he signed with the Mavs knowing he wasn’t going to stay. It looked like exactly what is was, which was a way to focus on ousting Hunter while not having to play.

    On the other hand, if you are going to do damage control by signing with another team, it may as well be a contender.

  • roscoe

    i think you hit it on the head….

    i would add fish has proven to help his team by settling “a hard to deal with star” (ie kb24)…

    & Dub-brook is the same kind of “hard to deal with star” that KD can’t handle by himself as the leader.

    I ain’t slamming KD, but i think dub-brook is a handful.

  • roscoe

    maynor wanted out…

    fish is in to help dub-brook settle down and make a path for KD to lead.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    f*ck it. run for that title

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Donte-Machiavelli-Hudson/100000723951750 Donte Machiavelli Hudson

    Didn’t he just do this to utah for the lakers a few years back… “oh, my daughter needs me, waive me so I can be with her…” A week later, back with the lakers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Donte-Machiavelli-Hudson/100000723951750 Donte Machiavelli Hudson

    The knicks?? they already own a 40 yr old pg, they need 2 of those?

  • patrick

    Clutch shooter? guy has one of the most inconsistent jump shots in the league imo, and flimsy off balance shooting technique

  • http://www.facebook.com/sajjatam Sajjatam Tp Kulsomboon

    I was going to reply to @6eea4ac3d19765f8d2dca1de8771a13d:disqus somehow but @facebook-100001749589586:disqus stole my thunder.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    what does the established medical center in Oklahoma City matter at all in this conversation tho? I mean, obviously Mike made a dumb joke – (key word being JOKE), but you at least should have known what he was referring too. It’s not like in this context he was really wrong. OKC has no medical facility that can treat Fisher’s daughter. The fact that it’s a great medical facility for irrelevant medical issues is…..irrelevant.

  • shockexchange

    The Shock Exchange thinks the SLAM commenters are speaking with forked tongue. When Fisher drops a dime on Billy Hunter after Hunter questioned his leadership skills with the players union, Fisher was a “great guy.” When he plays musical chairs with Mark Cuban or other owners, he’s “unprofessional and shady.” No need to explain guys. The Shock Exchange sees you from a mile away.

  • analfissures

    I agree with you, I just think that his comment was ignorant. I think that most people have this very skewed view of Oklahoma as some ass-backwards land where Indians run around scalping people. So I made a comment, and I wouldn’t have replied back had he not resorted to calling me a dumbass. I don’t deal well with childish name-calling.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    that’s fair, i just wanted to know why you didn’t ignore him. you from OK? i certainly don’t make assumptions like it’s a place stuck in a different time in history. i think homeboy just made an ignorant joke that he didn’t mean for anyone to truly examine. And then reacted like a child when you did.

  • analfissures

    Lol yeah, I didn’t want to start anything but my state pride (which I don’t even really have that much of) wouldn’t let me let it go. And yes, I am from Oklahoma.