Derek Fisher: Former Lakers guard to sign with Oklahoma City Thunder upon clearing waivers

THUNDER — In the midst of a post All-Star break slump, the Oklahoma City Thunder adds championship experience and clutch shooting by signing five-time NBA champion Derek Fisher.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: March 21, 2012

Derek Fisher will sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder after he clears waivers Wednesday, according to a published report.

Fisher and the Thunder have agreed to a contract for the rest of the season, according to ESPN's Mark Stein. The Thunder has called a news conference prior to its 7 p.m. game Wednesday against the Los Angeles Clippers at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

To acquire Fisher, the former Los Angeles Lakers guard, the Thunder outbid the Miami Heat, which could offer only the veteran minimum salary. According to ESPN, the Thunder had approximately $3 million remaining of its mid-level exception, and offered a portion of it to Fisher.

Fisher, who in his 16th NBA season, surrendered the $3.4 million he was owed next season after being traded last week to Houston in order to gain a buyout from the Rockets and be able to pick a contender to join for the playoff run.

The acquisition of Fisher comes as the Thunder has lost four of eight and gone 7-5 since the All-Star break, frequently struggling to score in its half-court offense at the end of games. Fisher, who won five NBA titles with the Lakers, is a clutch shooter and proven floor leader. The 37-year-old Little Rock, Ark. native's defensive skills, however, have waned in recent years.

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