Fisher signed with OKC late last season (after negotiating a buyout with the Houston Rockets), helping them make their push to the 2012 NBA Finals. He averaged 6.3 points and 1.3 assists in 20 playoff games for the Thunder.
He played nine games for the Dallas Mavericks earlier in the season (signed on November 29) before suffering a knee injury. He was granted his release on December 22nd, so he could spend more time with his family.
The Thunder recently dealt Eric Maynor to the Portland Trail Blazers before the February 22nd Trade Deadline. Reggie Jackson had been receiving most of the minutes backing-up Russell Westbrook for the second-unit. With Fisher’s experience, Jackson’s minutes could be tapped into once the postseason begins.
Oklahoma City sits second in the Western Conference with a record of 41-15, which is three games back of the San Antonio Spurs.
The 38-year old Fisher has played 17 seasons in the league, with career averages of 8.6 points, 2.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists.
Derek is still currently the President of the National Basketball Players Association.
While he’s clearly in the twilight of his basketball career, what Fisher brings from an experience and leadership standpoint is invaluable to the Thunder. He showed with the Mavericks that he still has a steady shot (44% from three-point range), so leaving him open could/will be a major mistake for opposing teams.