Fisher Joins Thunder 5 Days After Trade From Lakers to Rockets

Five-time National Basketball Association champion Derek Fisher made his debut for the Oklahoma City Thunder less than a week after he was traded from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Houston Rockets.

Fisher, a 37-year-old guard who is the president of the NBA Players Association, scored five points in 19 minutes as the Thunder defeated the visiting Los Angeles Clippers 114-91 last night.

Oklahoma City leads the NBA’s Western Conference with a 35- 12 record.

“I’m not here to tell them what to do, they seem to be doing pretty well already,” Fisher told reporters before the game. “I’m here to offer nuggets of wisdom, advice, the things I’ve been through.”

Before last night Fisher, who was part of five NBA championship teams with the Lakers, averaged 8.7 points and 3.1 assists in 1,153 regular-season games. He has also had stints with the Golden State Warriors and Utah Jazz in his 16 NBA seasons and is one of 10 active NBA players with more than 10,000 points, 3,500 assists and 1,200 steals.

“His experience and abilities will make a positive impact with our team,” Thunder General Manager Sam Presti said in an e-mailed team release. “He’s someone that will enhance our roster’s current and future development on and off the floor.”

The Lakers traded Fisher and a first-round draft pick on March 16 to Houston in exchange for forward Jordan Hill. Fisher then reached a buyout agreement with the Rockets and became a free agent.

Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 32 points, nine rebounds and five assists last night.

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