We can list the reasons the Oklahoma City Thunder picked up Derek Fisher on a one-year deal: veteran leadership in the locker room, he shot 35.1 percent from three last season, they needed a shooter of some kind after losing out on Mike Miller, and they had a shortage of guys with shaved heads on the roster.
Another reason — he’s inexpensive.
The CBA calls for the NBA to pick up $515,000 of Fisher’s $1.4 million contract because he has played in the NBA more than three years and signed a minimum deal (the league picks up what would be the cost of a minimum deal for a two-year player). So the Thunder pay a little under $900,000 out of pocket and don’t flirt with the luxury tax.
The rest is picked up by the league. The other 29 owners are subsidizing Fisher on the Thunder. And it isn’t just Fisher, it is any veteran who signs for the league minimum, such as Kenyon Martin with the Knicks among others.
As for the Thunder remember, the league also picked up the tab for part of Kevin Durant’s max salary.
Derek Fisher on the Thunder isn’t a game changer. In fact, if Scott Brooks plays Fisher in front of Reggie Jackson in the point guard rotation there will be a few articles about that at PBT. Jackson showed in the playoffs he is ready to break out. And with the lack of moves made by the Thunder this summer the team is going to need Jackson and Jeremy Lamb to step up this year. Fisher is just insurance on the bench.