Derek Fisher finalizing deal to become Knicks' head coach

June 9, 4:53 PM

The New York Knicks have finally filled their head coaching vacancy.

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Derek Fisher has accepted the position of head coach for the Knicks, according to multiple media outlets, but first reported by Howard Beck of Bleacher Report

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports that the deal will be somewhere in the range of $25 million over five seasons.

The Knicks certainly have confidence in their ability to get a deal done, as they've already scheduled a news conference for Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. ET to make a "major announcement."

If this deal comes to fruition, it would mark the end of Fisher's 18-year playing career and mark the start of his tenure as head coach. The 39-year-old averaged 5.2 points per game as a member of the Thunder this season.

Fisher will have plenty of help with familiar faces. Beck speculates that Fisher will likely be joined by Kurt Rambis, Rick Fox, Luke Walton and Bill Cartwright. The common denominator? They all played under Knicks president Phil Jackson.

Jackson served as Fisher's coach for 11 seasons in Los Angeles with the Lakers. Jackson previously stated that he was only looking for candidates in his "circle", and preferred a younger candidate who he could mold. Fisher adequately fills both requirements. He is also experienced with the "triangle" offense.