March 11, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers point guard Derek Fisher (2) controls the ball against the Boston Celtics during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

Derek Fisher Makes Oklahoma City Debut Wednesday After Signing With Thunder

Derek Fisher was bought out by the Houston Rockets following his trade from the Los Angeles Lakers. The veteran point guard joined the Oklahoma City Thunder as soon as he cleared waivers, and suited up Wednesday.

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Derek Fisher Close To Deal With Thunder, According To Report

Former Los Angeles Lakers point guard Derek Fisher won't have to worry about being a free agent for long. After reaching a buyout with the Houston Rockets following a trade last week, the veteran looks like he's decided to sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Fisher will clear waives on Wednesday, and according to ESPN's Marc Stein, an agreement with the Thunder is expected soon after the deadline for any other teams interested in claiming his contract.

Derek Fisher is in advanced negotiations with the Oklahoma City Thunder to sign with the Western Conference leaders after clearing waivers, according to sources close to the situation.

Sources told ESPN.com the Heat have made a strong recruitment effort to sign Fisher, but the Thunder have more financial flexibility to sign him and more of a role to offer after the loss of backup point guard Eric Maynor in early January to a season-ending knee injury. There also is a feeling among some rival teams that Fisher prefers to stay in the West, where he has played his entire career.

It was reported earlier that Fisher was likely going to end up with either the Thunder or Miami Heat. Stein reports that Fisher's agent, Rob Pelinka, could have a hand in the negotiations as he also represents fellow Thunder players Kevin Durant and James Harden.

For more on the Oklahoma City Thunder, visit Welcome To Loud City. Check out more professional basketball news and analysis from around the league over at SB Nation's NBA page.

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Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder In Lead For Derek Fisher's Services

Derek Fisher is used to playing for NBA championship contenders, considering his long tenure with the Los Angeles Lakers, but that ended last week when he was traded -- and subsequently bought out -- by the Houston Rockets. Teams looking for a veteran point guard have already come forward with interest in Fisher, however.

The Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder are the top two teams vying for Fisher's services, according to a report on Tuesday morning from ESPN's Marc Stein.

The Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder have emerged as the early leaders in the race to sign veteran guard Derek Fisher after he clears waivers Wednesday, according to sources close to the situation.

The San Antonio Spurs are also said to be interested, but they apparently believe that Patty Mills is a better fit -- and they've already begun the process of courting the Australian guard. It sounds like both the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Clippers are uninterested.

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Derek Fisher Cannot Return To Lakers, But Plenty Of Teams Reportedly Interested

Derek Fisher has undergone some surprising moves over the last week. First he was traded by the Los Angeles Lakers to the Houston Rockets in what essentially amount to a salary dump. Sunday, he was bought out by the Rockets and became a free agent.

The veteran point guard won't be able to return to the Lakers due to new wording in the latest Collective Bargaining Agreement, but there are quite a few teams that are interested in signing the experienced point guard who has quite a bit of NBA playoff experience.

The Oklahoma City Thunder, Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs have all weighed their options regarding the possibility of signing Fisher, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

Sources close to the situation told ESPN.com's Marc Stein that the Oklahoma City Thunder, who are still trying to fill the void created by Eric Maynor's season-ending knee injury, are deciding whether to register a formal bid for Fisher. Sources say that the Los Angeles Clippers, by contrast, are not likely to try to sign Fisher, though they also have a need for a playoff-tested guard after Chauncey Billups' season-ending Achilles' tear and with Chris Paul carrying a heavy load.

The Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat are two teams said to be strongly interested in Fisher, while sources told Stein that the San Antonio Spurs have not yet ruled out pursuing Fisher because their planned signing of former Portland Trail Blazers guard Patty Mills has been held up by the fact that Portland has not yet renounced rights to Mills.

Stein reports that Fisher has no plans to retire, meaning there's a good chance he joins up with one of those teams once he's able to clear waivers on Wednesday afternoon.

For more on the Lakers, visit Silver Screen and Roll and SB Nation Los Angeles. For more on the Rockets, visit The Dream Shake and SB Nation Houston.

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