Thunder, Heat in Running for Derek Fisher
The Houston Rockets were hoping to have Derek Fisher for the rest of the season coming off the bench. But he just didn’t want to be there after being shipped off from the LA Lakers where he won five championships.
But it looks like Fisher isn’t done playing yet and wants a chance to add another ring to his collection.
Fisher negotiated a buyout from the Rockets and agreed to not pick up the $3.4 million option for next season. He is expected to clear waivers on Wednesday with the Thunder and the Heat showing the most interest in him according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com.
Oklahoma City could use a reliable backup after losing Eric Maynor earlier this season with a knee injury. Fisher could provide leadership and a championship-style swagger to a team trying to get over the hump and play for its first title.
The Heat tried to get Fisher before last season when they assembled the Big Three but he chose to remain in Los Angeles. They’re in the running for him again and Lebron James is all for it, saying that he thinks Fish would be a good fit in Miami.
He had been struggling shooting this year, hitting just 32% from three-point range. But over the years, he has had a knack for making the big shots, especially late in games during the playoffs.
Just ask the Spurs.
Or the Magic.