OKC Thunder: Trade cleared the way for Derek Fisher's return

Sending Eric Maynor to Portland opened up not only a roster spot, but the salary need to bring point guard back to the Thunder.
By John Rohde Published: February 26, 2013

The exit of Maynor's remaining salary made it financially possible for the Thunder to re-sign Fisher and remain under the NBA's punitive tax level this season.

“That's really when the opportunity presented itself,” Fisher said of returning to OKC after Maynor's departure. “Without that trade, I don't think I'd be here and we'd be talking about this. I think that was kind of the catalyst to then being able to have some conversation over the last several days to get us to this point. Like I said, I'm thankful, I'm appreciative.”

Fisher will wear jersey No. 6, signifying his quest for a sixth NBA championship. Coincidentally, that also was the jersey number Maynor wore for three seasons with the Thunder.

“I think this group understands who I am. I understand who they are,” said the 38-year-old Fisher, who won all his titles while playing for the Los Angeles Lakers (1996-2004; 2007-12). “I think it's extremely clear what our goal is and what we're here to accomplish, and oftentimes that's what sets the table. Once we all have a common purpose and common goal, it's about us each doing our jobs. That's what I'm here to do.”

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