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It’s official, Jordan Farmar signs with the Lakers

Jul 17, 2013, 11:01 PM EDT

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We’ve known that the Lakers and Jordan Farmar had agreed to a reunion for a week or so, but thanks to a longer-than-expected buyout process with the team Farmar played for last season in Turkey, we’re just now getting the official word that the deal is done.

Farmar will return to Los Angeles on a one-year minimum contract for next season, keeping in line with the Lakers plans of filling out the remainder of the roster while not adding contracts that will affect the team’s salary cap situation in 2014.

Farmar was drafted by the Lakers with the 26th overall pick in 2006, and played his first four NBA seasons with the team while making three consecutive trips to the Finals. He’s bounced around a bit since then, as the official release from the team covers nicely.

Signed by New Jersey (now Brooklyn) in July of 2010, Farmar spent two seasons with the Nets, averaging 9.6 points and a career-high 5.0 assists in 2010-11 and a career-best 10.4 points during a 2011-12 season in which he ranked eighth league-wide in three-point field goal percentage (.440).

After briefly playing abroad with Israeli champions Maccabi Tel Aviv during the NBA lockout in 2011 before rejoining the Nets, Farmar signed with Anadolu Efes Istanbul in Turkey for the entire 2012-13 season. In 29 Euroleague games with Anadolu Efes, he averaged 13.8 points on .397 shooting from behind the arc, 3.6 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 29.4 minutes. In 22 Turkish league games, Farmar posted similar averages of 13.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 26.1 minutes.

Farmar reluctantly played in Phil Jackson’s system, but always appeared to feel constrained by it more than anything else. Fans in Los Angeles liked his energy and aggression while on the court, and will no doubt welcome him back with open arms.

All things considered, the Lakers have done a nice job of filling out their roster with quality talent at very low prices. Chris Kaman, Nick Young, and Wesley Johnson are all minimum salary players who can play, and all (except for Young) are on deals that end after next season.

  1. bifford - Jul 17, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    LOL

  2. gogatorsjohn - Jul 17, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    I second that sentiment

  3. 407magic - Jul 17, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Quality? Lmao!
    Kamen is only good for 40 games per season like Nash. Young Is a good pick up but farmar …..ha freaking ha

  4. pop562 - Jul 17, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Welcome back Farmar!!

    • gaysgo2hell - Jul 18, 2013 at 9:41 AM

      Enjoy losing

  5. udleerc - Jul 17, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Now if they could just bring back sasha

    • money2long - Jul 18, 2013 at 1:28 AM

      the MACHINE !!!

  6. asimonetti88 - Jul 17, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    Not a bad signing for some depth at point guard.

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 18, 2013 at 1:17 AM

      Hey man, no lie, the Lakers have done pretty well for themselves this offseason. Minimum, 1 year deals to younger guys plus a solid Caveman. I’m good with it all. Just wish we would have kept my dude Goudelock. But really, all we need is another SF and PF and we’re set.

      Maybe CDR from our summer league squad and a PF like Odom or Gooden to latch on for minimum as well would do to round out or roster.

  7. 00maltliquor - Jul 18, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    Welcome back home Ears!

  8. fordmandalay - Jul 18, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    Dream Team.

  9. loungefly74 - Jul 18, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    i enjoyed the energy Farmar brought to the court. hopefully he still has it.

  10. dezglobal - Jul 18, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Woahhhhh… Lakers making moves!

    L O L

  11. dezglobal - Jul 18, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Hey no one talk bad about farmar!!! Look at those ears he’ll hear you!

  12. mrlitl - Jul 18, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    I appreciate your enthusiasm malt. But it’s gonna be hard watching my boys play this year. Team is average at best. First round playoff exit if we’re lucky.

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 18, 2013 at 5:59 PM

      Honestly, I feel the worst is over. The Drama is off our team and the expectations aren’t high. Even if we lose more games then last year, I don’t see it being any uglier (missed defensive assignments, rotations, flat out boneheaded plays, TURNOVERS, etc.).

      If we could just play hard, play with heart and enthusiasm (AND SOME HOT D____ DEFENSE), we’d be fine. ‘Cause really, our season doesn’t really start ’till 2014 in the off season. This season coming up is just for fun.

      Plus, we got all expiring contracts, and you know what that means….we’ve got 11+ players who will be HUNGRY to EARN a big payday, so they will be balling out as hard as they can for that dinero. So I wouldn’t underestimate that aspect. Keep your head up man, we good! Watch.

  13. steelgut - Jul 18, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Who cares about this year, it’s all about next year…

    Peace out this weak ass coach, get Phil and start over

  14. ajacobs1979 - Jul 18, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Everyone knows the Lakers won’t win a championship this season. That’s not happening when you’ve publicly acknowledged you’re setting the table for 2014. However…I give Mitch and company credit for a creative roster that’s far from a doormat. We needed youth and athleticism, and we have that now. Kaman simply needs to take up space and play decent defense so Pau can go to work. And Kaman at least stretches the floor better than Dwight. Why not grab Odom as well so the fans can give him back some of the love he clearly needs? Many of the guys we’re signing for one year deals could easily “fill out the roster” once we nab a couple prize free agents in 2014. And they ARE a better fit for D’Antoni’s system. I think Mitch sees many of these players having a place in LA beyond just this season. They could definitely add depth on a championship-level squad.

  15. ambitoos - Jul 18, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    I wonder if Vlade Divoc is available.

    • ajacobs1979 - Jul 18, 2013 at 3:50 PM

      Not sure…but Vlade Divac probably is.

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