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OKC Thunder signs veteran guard Derek Fisher to one-year deal

Oklahoma City has re-signed veteran guard Derek Fisher. Unlike the previous two seasons, Fisher will be with the Thunder for the full season. Fisher has appeared in 44 games for the Thunder over the past two seasons.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: July 24, 2013
Derek Fisher is coming back.

An addition that has been expected seemingly all summer is now official, as Fisher has signed a one-year deal that will bring the veteran guard back to Oklahoma City for the third straight season.

Fisher, who traveled to Oklahoma City from Los Angeles on Wednesday afternoon to sign the contract, will join the Thunder on the veteran’s minimum, or roughly $1.4 million.

But unlike his first two stints in town, Fisher this time will have a chance to make his mark from the start of the season. In each of the previous two seasons Fisher was signed midway through the year.

Fisher appeared in 20 games as a member of the Thunder during the 2011-12 season and took the court for 24 games last year.

Though he’ll turn 39 on August 9, Fisher used a strong playoff performance last season to prove he still has plenty left to offer. He averaged 8.7 points on 45.7 percent shooting in 11 playoff games and was huge in helping the Thunder advance past Houston following the season-ending knee injury to starting point guard Russell Westbrook.

“Derek has proven to be a valuable member of our team and we are excited to have him back,” said Thunder general manager Sam Presti in a statement. “He has such a positive impact on his teammates and the organization.”

Fisher, a five-time champion who is five postseason games shy of passing Robert Horry for the most playoff games played in NBA history, is expected to again bring a leadership element on the court, on the bench and in the locker room.

With the emergence of third-year guard Reggie Jackson, who is projected to step in as the team’s newest sixth man, Fisher will serve as the third string point guard. He also figures to again receive minutes off the ball as a shooting guard given his accuracy from behind the 3-point line. Fisher is a career 37.5 percent 3-point shooter in the regular season and 40.5 percent 3-point shooter in the postseason. He ranks fourth all-time in playoff 3-pointers made, his 273 makes trailing only Ray Allen, Reggie Miller and Kobe Bryant.

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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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