Derek Fisher

by Tre Baker  on Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2012 10:13 am  

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If we were in Derek Fisher's shoes, we'd be wondering if we were loved or ignored. Less than two business days after being traded by the Los Angeles Lakers to Houston, Fisher was placed on waivers Monday night. Does a fate like Gilbert Arena's await him in Memphis or Toronto?

Instead, it looks like two of the NBA's hottest teams are definitely interested in more than just a cup of coffee with the five-time world champion.

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 Heat explored the possibility of signing Fisher when he was a free agent in the summer of 2010 and have strong interest again now, sources say, even if they are successful in signing veteran forward Ronny Turiaf this week. Miami has only one open roster spot at present, but rookie shooting guard Terrel Harris hasn't played in six weeks and thus looms as a potential candidate to make way if the Heat need to make room for both Fisher and Turiaf, who was just waived by Denver.

Oklahoma City, meanwhile, is still trying to fill the void created by Eric Maynor's season-ending knee injury and, according to sources with knowledge of the Thunder's thinking, is intrigued by the prospect of adding Fisher's championship know-how to a group that's leading the Western Conference but still young.

Maybe Fisher would have a chance to feel unwanted if only his telephone would stop ringing.




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