The Dallas Mavericks will Sign Derek Fisher

Derek Fisher is back at 38 years old? Shocking, I know. - Ronald Martinez

Derek Fisher was a huge part of the Thunder's playoff run last season, but he was only here for a few months. Was he a significant part of Thunder history, or just a blip on the radar?

Via Earl Sneed:

"BREAKING: Rick Carlisle says the Mavs will sign Derek Fisher tomorrow."

Derek Fisher was a huge part of the Thunder's playoff run last season, and he hit several critical shots when the Thunder needed it most. His regular season was another story, but suffice it to say, Fisher's tenure will probably be remembered quite fondly around here.

However, after the season, it was clear that Fisher's time with the Thunder was done. Eric Maynor was returning from his ACL injury, and Reggie Jackson was continually improving in practice. The Thunder probably had room to sign him, but it's doubtful that he'd want to spend his time sitting on the bench.

So Derek Fisher has sat unsigned until now, and the Mavericks have decided they need the veteran presence. Dominique Jones and Rodrigue Beaubois have both really struggled from the floor this year, shooting 31% and 32% respectively. Fisher doesn't shoot or pass much better (he averaged 34% last season), but I suppose the Mavericks would rather have big shots late than no shots at all.

It will be interesting to see how Fisher is received when he debuts in OKC on December 27th. Was he a significant part of Thunder history, or just a blip on the radar? Leave your thoughts below.

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