Last week Derek Fisher was a key reserve for the Los Angeles Lakers.
This week he may become a key member of the biggest obstacle between the Lakers and another NBA Western Conference title.
The 15-year veteran point guard is scheduled to clear waivers at 6 p.m. ET Wednesday following his trade to and subsequent buyout from the Houston Rockets. And according to reports, Fisher is close to signing with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Quoting a source with knowledge of Fisher’s negotiations, ESPN reported that Fisher is “very close” to committing to sign with the top team in the West. The Miami Heat are also believed to be pursuing the 37-year-old.
The move makes sense for the Thunder for multiple reasons.
With backup point guard Eric Maynor lost for the season to a knee injury, Oklahoma City could use another point guard on the roster to provide depth behind All-Star Russell Westbrook.
Perhaps more importantly, the Thunder could use the dose of veteran leadership that Fisher would provide. Oklahoma City remains one of the league’s youngest teams, and despite their run to the conference finals last spring, they lack NBA Finals experience. With five championships to his name, Fisher could help the Thunder get over the hump.
Finally, Fisher’s agent, Rob Pelinka, just signed Kevin Durant and already represents Thunder swingman James Harden.
If Fisher wants to start stacking championship rings on his other hand, OKC seems like an ideal fit. Of course dishing out assists to LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in Miami could also give him the fast track back to the NBA Finals.