Derek Fisher: Former Lakers guard in Oklahoma City to finalize negotiations, according to published report

THUNDER -- The Oklahoma City Thunder appears poised to make a move that would add depth, experience and NBA championship credentials to its roster as negotiations with former Lakers guard Derek Fisher bring him to Oklahoma City, according to a published report.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: March 21, 2012 at 10:51 am •  Published: March 20, 2012
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Derek Fisher arrived in Oklahoma City on Wednesday to finalize talks on a contract with the Thunder, according to a published report.

Fisher was spotted with Thunder general manager Sam Presti and other members of the front office Wednesday morning at Oklahoma City's Will Rogers Airport, according to an nba.com report.

Fisher will clear waivers at 5 p.m. Wednesday, and one source told ESPN.com Tuesday that Fisher is “very close” to committing to sign with the Thunder.

The Miami Heat also made a strong push to sign the veteran point guard, but the Thunder has more financial flexibility to sign him and can offer a bigger role with backup point guard Eric Maynor out for the season with a knee injury.

Thunder star Kevin Durant told The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry on Tuesday that he was in favor of signing Fisher.

“Derek is a consummate professional; an unbelievable leader,” Durant said. “And he played with arguably one of the greatest players to ever play in Kobe (Bryant), and Kobe really respected him as a player and wanted him on his team so that speaks volumes.”

Fisher was released Monday night by the Houston Rockets after negotiating a buyout from them following a trade last week that brought him to Houston from the Lakers.