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Report: Lakers bringing back Jordan Farmar next season

Jul 10, 2013, 1:52 AM EDT

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If the Lakers are not going to be very good next year (and they’re not) they might as well be interesting and bring back some guys that fans like.

Say, for example, Jordan Farmar.

The guy who went to Taft High School in the beautiful San Fernando Valley, played his college ball at UCLA, was the backup point guard on the Lakers title teams in 2009 and 2010 and was a fan favorite, is on his way back to Los Angeles, according to Dave McMenamin at

Jordan Farmar has agreed to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers, the veteran guard told Tuesday night.

This is a one year, veteran’s minimum deal. The Lakers have to work out a buyout with Farmar’s Turkish team. So long as that is under $500,000 the Lakers can pay it and it will not count against the salary cap.

This move is likely to go over fairly well with Lakers fans.

While he was winning rings in L.A., Farmar had always felt boxed in by Phil Jackson’s triangle and the first chance he got he bolted for the greener pastures of New Jersey. There he largely backed up Devin Harris then Deron Williams on some mediocre squads. When those two years were up and he struggled to get a job stateside he played last season in Turkey.

The Lakers are in talks to bring back Lamar Odom as well, sort of a 2010 reunion tour. Which is not going to take the Lakers far in the playoffs but would be fairly entertaining.

  1. limonadamas - Jul 10, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    Interesting… Farmar would be a great fit in the MDA offense, but we already have two PG’s under contract. We need a 3 if we’re amnestying MWP. Are we gonna go ultra small then?

    • smoothaswilkes - Jul 10, 2013 at 2:26 AM

      Totally agree. Blake can play some 2 but, yeah, they have zero 3’s on the roster if they do dump Ron Ron. While Kobe can play down there, he would still need a back and who know when he’s coming back anyway.

      Some confusing roster moves to say the least.

      • spthegr8 - Jul 10, 2013 at 10:03 AM

        ^^^^^ Jimbo & confused go together like Peanut Butter & Jelly!!! He is a Moron!!^^^^^^^

    • spthegr8 - Jul 10, 2013 at 10:09 AM

      ^^^ If D’antoni had it his way. Kobe would be playing center with 4 other guards out there. Coach D doesn’t know how to use Big men. Never has & never will!!^^^^

      • spthegr8 - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:26 PM

        I mean just look @ what he did to Pau last yr. He took one of the BEST bigs in the league ( & IMO the most skilled Big in the league ) & turned him into a mid range jump shooter & occasional 3 pt specialist. Pau is @ his BEST in the paint & you play him on the perimeter like he is a guard??? SMFH!!!

      • JHathwell - Jul 10, 2013 at 3:08 PM

        I guess you were in a coma when Amar’e was averaging 26 points a game in Phoenix, huh?

      • spthegr8 - Jul 10, 2013 at 3:45 PM

        Let’s NOT act like that was because of D’antoni’s system. That was because Amare was a BEAST back then and he and NASH were the perfect combo for that pick and roll. Those 2 would have made my sister look good if she was coaching them back then. Are you trying to tell me that coach D gets the most out of his Big’s????? Cuz if you are, you are TRIPPIN!!!!

    • jonremi - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:39 PM

      Considering Nash’s age and health issues plus Blake’s inconsistency, having a 3rd PG isn’t a bad move…

  2. smoothaswilkes - Jul 10, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    “So long as that is under $500,000 the Lakers can pay it and it will not count against the salary cap.”

    Actually, according to Larry Coon it has to be under $575,000 but Farmar’s buyout is supposedly $500k, so all should be fine with bringing Mighty Mouse back home as the third point guard.

  3. rj2323 - Jul 10, 2013 at 2:46 AM

    Won’t be surprised if they try an bring back Ariza

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 10, 2013 at 4:43 AM

      That would be cool to see. This has all the feel of a HS reunion.

      • spthegr8 - Jul 10, 2013 at 9:34 AM

        ^^^^ LLS!!! Yeah it does ^^^^^

    • zacksdad - Jul 10, 2013 at 9:37 AM

      With all these Jimmie moves we should expect a championship. From now on I will call the LA Lakers the LA Jimmies. Go Jimmies

  4. adoombray - Jul 10, 2013 at 2:53 AM

    They would have been better off playing Gasol at his natural 5 and trying to find a spare stretch 4 someplace.

    Call me crazy, but assuming Nash is healthy (HUGE if, he may never be the same), the Lakers could be a 7th or 8th seed with a few breaks. You could do a lot worse than Kaman at C, a guy who can fill that Birdman hardworker role, and Gasol has never got the credit he deserved for how good he is. I’m just not convinced lolgasol is a 4 in MDA’s system, and the Lakers still desperately need to snag themselves some outside shooting.

    • adoombray - Jul 10, 2013 at 2:55 AM

      Keep in mind: Nash and Gortat played .500 ball with basically Grant Hill and nobody else the year before the lockout and also the shortened lockout season where they straight up rested the old guys several nights… and then missed the playoffs by a game… but yeah. The Lakers are far from tanking if they can get anything out of Kobe with just Nash/Gasol and the corpse of Lamar Odom.

      • lmoneyfresh - Jul 10, 2013 at 11:12 AM

        Is Nash actually going to play this season? Sure didn’t see him out there much last season.

  5. jetslakersfan - Jul 10, 2013 at 2:54 AM

    I just love how everybody thinks the Lakers won’t make the playoffs next season.

    • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Jul 10, 2013 at 3:45 AM

      Yup, same people who said the Lakers won’t make it to the playoffs last season…

      • loungefly74 - Jul 10, 2013 at 9:16 AM

        that’s the goal (mine personally) to see them just make the playoffs. i know we can’t win every year (even though some trolls/haters have higher expectations than even the fans and think that!)…but the number of playoff appearances is a nice bragging right.

        hey, if the Lakers had to experience “down years”…this is the time to do it during the “Age of Lebron”.

    • money2long - Jul 10, 2013 at 8:50 AM

      thank u.. someone finally says it.

      • spthegr8 - Jul 10, 2013 at 9:50 AM

        I couldn’t agree more!! Right now is LeBron’s time so it’s not just us experincing down times.

  6. dougmanoh - Jul 10, 2013 at 3:05 AM

    This Laker roster is a joke. Gonna be a long season with D’Antoni’s head on a platter by the All Star break.

    • zacksdad - Jul 10, 2013 at 9:48 AM

      Do you think they will fire D’Antoni at all. This is Jimmie’s hire and he kept him over Howard. He kept him over Jamison. He is destroying this team because he is too pig headed to see his mistake and lets this coach destroy the moral of this team.

      Gasol will leave next year to play with his brother and the Grizzlies for a discount. Lebron or any other top tier free agent will not want to sign here. Would rather sign on a Jimmie ran team or Pat Riley ran team.

      The way this team is going I also see Kobe playing for the Bulls or Clippers next year. Kobe wants rings these next few years and knows the LA Jimmies (Lakers) will not give him that chance.

      The Lakers legacy was built by the great Dr Jerry Buss, and now the college drop out Jimmie Buss legacy will look to equal and even surpass the Donald Sterling legacy.

    • paiten34 - Jul 10, 2013 at 10:08 AM

      Well, with all the high dollar contracts coming off the roster at the end of next season the Lakers only want short term contracts. Next season should be Bryant’s last as a NBA player. Pau also has his contract ending at seasons end.

      So if I had a guess what the Lakers are thinking I would say that they want Kobe happy ending his career with familiar faces. So 2013-2014 will be Kobe’s last season. Let the man play out his ending and let the Kobe Bryant era end.

      You do that then next season you can start to build your next dynasty.

      D. Howard Leaving after one year was the best thing that could have happened. That man will never be the top man on a title winning team.

  7. halfbaht - Jul 10, 2013 at 3:05 AM

    Ah, interesting plan here. Last season was a bust, so rather than get younger, get older?!? And people are saying the celtics are going to be bad next season lol

    • zxrated - Jul 10, 2013 at 3:23 AM

      How are they getting older? Farmar is younger than Howard at 26.

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 10, 2013 at 4:50 AM

      How much you wanna bet the Celtics are gonna end up with a worse record then the Lakeshow? Would you care to wager your screen name on it a la paulhargis53 aka kobeluver??

  8. fingerssfv - Jul 10, 2013 at 3:53 AM

    I know I like the kid. Actually, he’s already a man, but still, I wondered why the Lakers let him go in the first place.

  9. 00maltliquor - Jul 10, 2013 at 4:41 AM

    We should have never let him walk (in favor of Blake). Welcome home, Farmar!

    Hell, let’s bring back Fish and Odomshian as well!

  10. cantonbound13 - Jul 10, 2013 at 4:53 AM

    Unfortunately for Laker fans they’re not bringing back Phil.

  11. 6thsense79 - Jul 10, 2013 at 5:36 AM

    Love the optimism but the Lakers are going to be bad. Your best player may not be ready until right before the all star break and even if Kobe is ready he will dramatically have to recreate his game. He will not be able to do a lot of things he use to do. Nash is pushing 40. I don’t know of too many NBA players that can carry a team at that age. Unless there is a major signing or one of your draft picks pan out really well my money says LA misses the playoffs.

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 10, 2013 at 10:52 AM

      I guess we’ll pretend Pau Gasol doesn’t exist.

      • lmoneyfresh - Jul 10, 2013 at 11:11 AM

        You mean the guy Lakers fans have been clamoring to be traded, for 2 years now? All of a sudden he’s the savior? Good luck with that.

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 10, 2013 at 11:13 AM

        Personally I don’t think trading Gasol would have ever been a good idea, unless they were getting a better player back. And that would be difficult, because highly skilled 7 footers that can play both the 4 and 5 don’t grow on trees.

  12. jammer73 - Jul 10, 2013 at 5:48 AM

    This is what LA needs to get the fans fired up….Jordan Farmar? Maybe they can bring back Luke Wallton and some other scrubs too.

  13. ibchuck33 - Jul 10, 2013 at 7:14 AM

    How the mighty have fallen. Striving for a playoff spot, 2 straight seasons. The championship door has slammed shut with a bunch of furniture stacked up against it with about 4 locks all locked. Kobe can get a sixth ring in NBA 2k14.

    • paleihe - Jul 10, 2013 at 11:53 AM

      People act so stupid, it’s amazing.

      You do understand that a team can’t win the championship every year, right? Based on the history of the Lakers, it’s clear they’ll do what it takes to win and will be competing for championships in the not too distant future.

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:16 PM

        You know you’re doing well as a franchise when 45 wins and a playoff appearance is considered a failure.

      • loungefly74 - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:32 PM

        great point, asimonetti88

        …to add to that…the greatest Clipper season ever…resulted in a first round playoff loss…

  14. remyje - Jul 10, 2013 at 7:28 AM


  15. unxpexted1 - Jul 10, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    This just continues to be a awkward offseason for the Lakers. I didnt even know Farmar was still in the league. Moves like this helps keep my expecations low. I feel like we are going to be a really good bad team fighting unecessarily for an 8th spot. But we’ll see.

  16. shockexchange - Jul 10, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Is that the same Jordan Farmar who left L.A. because he wanted to be a starter someplace else? That’s what happens when you take career advice from Shelley Long.

  17. skinsfanwill - Jul 10, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    This just proves that you can line up all the stars and great players you want, As long as the owner is a dirtbag and the coach is a friggin loser, you will not win a damn thing. this team at best will be Phoenix of the past. D’Antoni is a horrible coach.

  18. euromac55 - Jul 10, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Actually, LA will be better than you think. Dwight couldn’t give the Lakers one victory in the playoffs and only cared about having fun. Don’t underestimate the guys on the roster.

  19. ProBasketballPundit - Jul 10, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Good move. Farmar should never have left the NBA. He’s a very decent player for the right team.

  20. ambitoos - Jul 10, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    The beautiful San Fernando Valley. Obviously you’ve never been there.

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 10, 2013 at 10:55 AM

      Was about to say lol. I think Kurt is from SFV.

      • Kurt Helin - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:26 AM

        I am, actually. And I did what every smart kid from the SFV does and moved out.

    • paleihe - Jul 10, 2013 at 11:55 AM

      I live in the San Fernando Valley…and it’s not beautiful, especially Taft high school.

      It has it’s really nice areas, but for the most part (Pacoima, Van Nuys, Panorama, Canoga) it sucks balls. Good thing is that it’s close to everything, so it has that going for it.

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:17 PM

      Too bad there’s not a “sarcastic” font.

      • Anoesis - Jul 10, 2013 at 5:51 PM

        My assumption, too, was that Helin was being sarcastic. But it was unnecessary and likely missed by 95% of the readers on here. And if you missed the irony consider yourself lucky. Paleihe is right: Except for the moneyed enclaves it’s a sprawling dump. And bloody hot in the summer.

      • Kurt Helin - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:02 AM

        It was sarcastic. Sometimes I miss on those.

  21. lalifer - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Hopefully D’antoni doesn’t run the vets ragged again this year. He needs to start playing these young legs more. Especially at the start of the season. Thats the only way they’ll develop. When he had to run them in the playoffs, they all showed they had game. They just weren’t ready. Being benched game after game takes a a mental toll, no matter how professional you are. Look, if we have the guys, run them. Doesn’t matter if they are not “savvy” veterans. Dantoni team is running. So run the young legs. Make the vets win the games in the end. Personally i thought Farmar should have been starting his last year with the Lakers instead of Fisher. Simply because I saw the need to start developing a point guard for the future.

  22. wordpress3zzz - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    no championship in LA since machine leave, bring back machine

  23. staff2cj - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Lakes past tense! Da Clippers run this block (chin check fool)

  24. JHathwell - Jul 10, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    The Lakers are in a one year holding pattern until next summer when their salary cap is basically clean and they can re-load. Only contract on the books past next year is Nash for 9 million. If they win 35 or 45 games next year isn’t as important as the summer after that. That is when we will see if the lakers can sign the right guys and get back into title contention or if they will fade into oblivion.

  25. thejav21 - Jul 10, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    Does anyone else think Stephen Jackson would be a good fit or guy to have. And maybe getting all these “old” Lakers works either way, 1. They mesh well and have a good season or 2.They struggle and then MDA gets fired.

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