Thunder: Imagine Derek Fisher inside an Oklahoma City uniform

The Thunder is staring at a golden opportunity that just seems too good to pass up.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: March 19, 2012

But the Thunder should absolutely make a run at Fisher.

For 3 1/2 seasons, Oklahoma City has opted to grow organically, to build through the draft and develop from within. But now that a championship is within reach this season, it should be a no-brainer for the Thunder to take a one-year flier on Fisher.

The Thunder's roster is at the maximum of 15 players, meaning someone would have to be waived before Fisher could come to town. 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.

If anybody is worth it, Fisher is.

For 15 seasons, Fisher has given his teams toughness, durability, clutch shooting, lockdown defense and first-rate leadership and professionalism. The Thunder could use every one of those traits now and when the playoffs start in the near future.

Rookie backup Reggie Jackson would have to take a backseat for the time being. But learning from Fisher for the final 20 games and the postseason wouldn't be a bad thing. In fact, it'd be a bonus.

The only question is whether Fisher would accept a minimal role in Oklahoma City. With the Lakers, Fisher averaged 25.6 minutes. In OKC, he would be hard-pressed to get more than 15 a night.

Fortunately for the Thunder, that seemingly would be Fisher's fate on any contender.

Also, no other contender could offer more money than the Thunder. Like the Thunder, every other contender is over the salary cap, meaning the most any contending team could offer Fisher would be the prorated veteran's minimum of $1.39 million.

With Russell Westbrook, Jackson, Royal Ivey and James Harden, the Thunder has plenty of ball-handlers and playmakers to compete for a championship. The backup point guard position is not nearly as much of an issue as some make it out to be.

But with an unexpected chance to add Fisher, the Thunder is staring at a golden opportunity that just seems too good to pass up.

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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