Derek Fisher must have made a nice impression the first time around.
Because the Thunder are bringing the 16-year veteran and five-time NBA champion back again, signing Fisher to a contract on Monday that stretches through the rest of the season.
“We are excited to welcome Derek back to the Thunder organization," general manager Sam Presti said. "He contributed to our team in various ways last season, and we are looking forward to him joining us again.”
Fisher’s signing swallows up OKC’s last remaining roster spot, solidifying the team’s makeup for the stretch run, barring an unforeseeable release.
But what remains to be seen is how much Fisher will impact the on-court rotation.
Last season, after Eric Maynor went down with a season-ending knee injury, Fisher came in and took all of the backup point guard minutes, shoving Reggie Jackson to the end of the bench.
In 20 postseason games, Fisher actually got more minutes (22.3) than fan favorite Nick Collison (16.6) and the same as starter Thabo Sefolosha.
But this year, with Jackson a bit more confident and effective (and Fisher one year older – he’s now 38), some would prefer Jackson maintain his current role.
That’ll be revealed in the upcoming days (when Fisher and Scott Brooks are made available to the media) and weeks (when Brooks molds his stretch rotation with Fisher and Ronnie Brewer now in the fold).