Now that Derek Fisher is a free agent, and his manager says that he’s still in pursuit of a sixth NBA title, the Oklahoman argues that the Thunder should ink the veteran guard: “Some of the most intriguing names that potentially will be available include New Orleans center Chris Kaman, Boston center Jermaine O’Neal and Charlotte forward Boris Diaw. The Nuggets already have bought out big man Ronny Turiaf. All are veteran big men who could provide big boosts to either the Thunder’s interior scoring or defensive rebounding, or in some cases both. But the most intriguing name that will be available by far is Derek Fisher, the veteran point guard who was unexpectedly dealt from the Los Angeles Lakers to Houston at the trade deadline. Fisher and the Rockets are in the process of finalizing a buyout and, once completed, Fisher will be an unrestricted free agent. Thanks to the NBA finally closing a loophole that for years had allowed players to re-sign with the team that had traded them after only 30 days, Fisher can’t return to the Lakers. Under the new collective bargaining agreement, Fisher must wait until July 1 to re-sign with the Lakers, which means if he wants to play this season he’d have to sign elsewhere. And according to reports, the 37-year-old is interested in signing with a contender and continuing his career.”
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