It’s not often that you see a 5-time NBA champion get traded at the trade deadline. That was the case this past week, when the Oklahoma City Thunder acquired long time Los Angeles Lakers point guard, Derek Fisher.
The Lakers traded Fisher to the Houston Rockets, and then the Rockets bought out the remainder of his contract, enabling him to sign with any team he desired.
The Thunder and the Miami Heat were the two teams that tried getting the 37 year old veteran point guard the most. Those two teams were considered from the get-go to be in contention for the NBA Title come June.
I think this is a perfect situation for both sides, all three if you consider the Lakers as well.
On the part of the Thunder, they get a savvy veteran point guard, who will provide a lot of leadership to a young locker room. This will be a pivotal thing once the playoffs begin. They also get a backup point guard to help Russell Westbrook. Their original backup, Eric Maynor, was lost earlier in the season due to injury. Fisher will be a perfect mentor to a very young and sometimes emotional Westbrook. He will also be a huge mentor to superstar Kevin Durant. Fisher isn’t a guy who needs to score the basketball to be successful. The Thunder will go through Durant, then Westbrook, then shooting guard, James Harden, but Fisher will be available to knock down a late game shot, something that he is accustomed to doing, especially during the playoffs. Fisher gets to continue his career and try to show the Lakers they made a mistake by trading him. He also gets to do the same thing Kobe Bryant gets to do, and that is chase championship number six. This is really an ideal situation for both the Thunder and Fisher.
“I think it’s perfect,” said Lakers center Andrew Bynum of his former point guard signing with the Thunder.
This situation immensely helps the Lakers as they upgrade from an aging point guard, to a younger, more athletic point guard in Ramon Sessions. They traded for Sessions shortly after they traded Fisher. This also clears up some cap space for the purple and gold, something that will help them keep up and coming Andrew Bynum, who is putting up monster numbers. The only thing wrong with this deal for the Lakers is that Kobe Bryant lost a really close friend and long time teammate, but he understands its all business.
“Look, we don’t get five championships by being sympathetic towards each other and kissing each other’s a—during the game,” Bryant told Laker Reporter Dave McMenamin of ESPN LA. That article can be found here http://espn.go.com/blog/los-angeles/lakers/post/_/id/28607/lakers-players-react-to-fisher-in-a-thunder-uniform with not only Kobe’s reaction, but other Lakers as well.
Fisher wears number 37 for the Thunder to represent his age and potentially show his former team come playoff time that it was a huge mistake trading him away. The Lakers have played better since all the deals went down, and the Thunder are still one of the top three teams in the NBA. The two teams have two remaining games against one another, with the first being next Thursday (3/29) when the Thunder pay a visit to the Staples Center, in what is sure to be an emotional game.
He scored 5 points in 19 minutes in his Thunder debut on Wednesday night in a 114-91 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.
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Written by Eddie McDonald
I am a junior at Clarion University. I come from a small town. I played high school basketball and baseball. I love sports and being able to write and voice my opinion on sports.