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Derek Fisher Deal: Wily Veteran Signs With Thunder

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff
Created: February 25, 2013 Last Updated: February 25, 2013
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Derek Fisher Deal: Five-time NBA champion Derek Fisher made a deal to sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

(L-R) James Harden #13 and Derek Fisher #37 of the Oklahoma City Thunder look on in the second half against the Miami Heat in Game Five of the 2012 NBA Finals on June 21, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

(L-R) James Harden #13 and Derek Fisher #37 of the Oklahoma City Thunder look on in the second half against the Miami Heat in Game Five of the 2012 NBA Finals on June 21, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Veteran guard Derek Fisher reached an agreement to sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder for the rest of the season.

Fisher, 38, played for the Thunder for part of last season and helped take the team to the NBA Finals, but he joined the Dallas Mavericks this season. He played only nine games before sitting out with a knee injury, before asking Dallas to let him go to spend more time with his family.

“We are excited to welcome Derek back to the Thunder organization,” said Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti in a statement on Monday. “He contributed to our team in various ways last season, and we are looking forward to him joining us again.”

Fisher, a five-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers, has appeared in 229 career playoff games. Fisher is also president of the NBA Players Association.

He is seen as a key locker room presence for the Oklahoma City, as the team tries to make a second NBA Finals appearance in a row.

While he played for Dallas, Fisher averaged 8.6 points and 3.6 assists in around 25 minutes per game.

“The recovery time [from the knee injury] will be approximately two weeks. With this news and the difficulty I have been having being away from my family, I have asked the organization to waive me so I can return home,” Fisher said when he was released in December, reported ESPN.

He added: “I have made decisions in the past, leaving money and opportunity on the table, and I will need to do that again. My family is my priority and that is where I choose to be. I won’t close the possibility that I will play again; however, for now my family and being close to them remains the priority.”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/brian.mcnamee.794 Brian Mcnamee

    fish is solid and will help them but if they face the heat he has match up problems everywhere. The leadership is what he brings and those 5 rings he played a big part in winning them. he was always prepared and professional. I hope he gets #6.


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