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

Still, Thunder forward Kevin Durant has endorsed acquiring Fisher.

"Derek is a consummate professional ... an unbelievable leader,” Durant told The Oklahoman Tuesday before the Thunder's loss at Utah. “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."

The Thunder's roster is at the maximum of 15 players, meaning someone will have to be waived once Fisher signs. That player likely would be forward Ryan Reid. But the Thunder would have a good chance at assigning Reid to the Tulsa 66ers and allowing him to remain close to the organization.

In coming to Oklahoma City Fisher will likely be accepting a lesser role. He averaged 5.9 points and 3.3 assists in 25.6 minutes in 43 games — all starts — with the Lakers. In Oklahoma City he may be hard-pressed to get more than 15 minutes a night.

Derek Fisher's career stats Game log

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