15-year veteran PG Derek Fisher will continue his NBA career with the West-leading Oklahoma City Thunder one week after being traded to the Houston Rockets, surrendering his $3.4 million contract next season to secure a buyout and join a contender. Fisher played 13 of his 16 NBA seasons with Los Angeles Lakers before getting dealt away at the trade deadline.
The 5x NBA champion is looking forward to chasing another title in OKC, choosing to wear #37 as a statement to to the Lakers. “Especially this season, it seemed to be a negative thing that I was 37,” said Fisher. “So I just wanted to send a message that the Thunder organization and I see it as a positive that I’m a guy that can still help a team be successful and compete for a championship at the age of 37.”
Fisher scored 5 points in his Thunder debut during their 114-91 win over the LA Clippers on Wednesday. Kevin Durant is thrilled to have Fisher on his team and is eager to learn from a guy with so much playoff experience. “You can ask as many questions as you want, but it’s a little different if you go through it yourself,” he said. “I’m just going to just try to pick his brain as much as I can about the game of basketball, but at the same time, of course if I want to get to that goal, I’ll have to experience it myself.” The Thunder will next matchup against the Lakers Thursday, March 29th.