(CBS) After weeks of speculation, Derek Fisher is finalizing a deal to become coach of the Knicks, according to multiple reports. Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reported that it’s a five-year, $25-million deal.[tweet https://twitter.com/WojYahooNBA/status/476105978803257345 width=”340″] [tweet https://twitter.com/HowardBeck/status/476102541734711296 width=”340″]
Fisher just finished his season as a player when the Thunder were eliminated in the Western Conference Finals by the Spurs. After more deliberation and constant recruiting from Knicks president Phil Jackson — whom Fisher played for and learned under during his playing career with the Lakers — Fisher agreed to coach the Knicks on Monday afternoon.
The draw for Jackson was to have a young coach who he help mold but one who also already understood his system and vision.
Fisher became the leading candidate after Steve Kerr spurned the Knicks and accepted a job with the Warriors.