The OKC Thunder are coasting through the regular season, business as usual. Obviously, they’re still one of the best teams in the league, but they are a young team. Perhaps their inexperience showed during the Finals last year. Veteran leadership is very valuable come playoff time. Maybe that’s why they are apparently bringing back Derek Fisher on a contract for the remainder of the season.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Thunder, after trading Eric Maynor away last week before the NBA’s annual trade deadline, have made plans to sign Fisher, who joined the Thunder for the stretch run in March 2012 after the Los Angeles Lakers dealt Fisher to Houston….
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. H/T: espn
Yahoo! Sports also tweeted this today:
Derek Fisher has reached agreement with Oklahoma City on a contract for rest of season, league sources tell Y! Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 25, 2013