There’s been some chatter about it recently and it appears to be coming true. According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, the Thunder are close to re-signing guard Derek Fisher.
Fisher was rumored to be in Oklahoma City this week working on a potential deal, but team sources adamantly denied that. But there are these things called phones. Two league sources confirm to me that the Thunder have been in contact with Fisher the past few days to talk about a potential return.
After trading away Eric Maynor at the deadline, the Thunder don’t want to carry just two point guards into the playoffs and with Fisher available, it really made quite a bit of sense to bring him back in. He’s got a familiarity with the team and is likely very willing to accept a deep bench role as a security option in case of emergency.
I highly, highly doubt this is a move that impacts Reggie Jackson’s role in any way. Fisher will be a locker room presence and someone reliable if there’s an injury or issue. With an open roster slot and only two point guards under contract, it’s unwise to head into the playoffs wishing you had something else.
Fisher, 38, appeared in nine games with the Mavericks this season before seeking a release from the team.