After Derek Fisher asked to be released from the Dallas Mavericks earlier this season, most thought his NBA career was over, but after spending some time at home, Fisher has returned to the league with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
ESPN.com is reporting that the 38-year-old Fisher has signed with the Thunder this week. After trading backup point guard Eric Maynor to Portland just before the deadline, the Thunder had an opening at the position and thought of Fisher, who they also signed at the end of last season. Fisher appeared in 20 regular season games and 20 playoff games with the Thunder in 2012 before joining the Mavericks at the beginning of the 2012-2013 season.
However, he only played nine games with the Mavs before asking to be released in December to spend more time with his family. He said then that he would not rule out a return, but needless to say, many are surprised it happened so soon.
Just like last year, he will be a welcome addition to a young Thunder squad who is hoping to make another deep playoff run. His veteran leadership and experience – as a winner five NBA titles with the Lakers – helped OKC down the stretch a year ago and the Thunder are certainly hoping Fisher will help them again.
Oklahoma City’s next game is on Wednesday at home against the New Orleans Hornets. We’ll see if Fisher makes an appearance, which would be his first NBA game in three months. (8)