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Jordan Farmar made a financial sacrifice to rejoin the Lakers

Jul 20, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

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It’s no secret that the Lakers needed to find talent willing to sign up to play for them at a bargain price to round out their roster for next season, once the plan to convince Dwight Howard to stay fell through and the team still had a payroll north of $70 million staring them in the face.

L.A. was able to get Chris Kaman and Nick Young below market value, and while teams weren’t necessarily clamoring over the services of Jordan Farmar, he too took a significant pay cut to return to play in the NBA for the Lakers.

Speaking at his introductory press conference on Friday, Farmar explained how he’s always wanted to return to Los Angeles, and that at this point in his career, dollars were far from the primary consideration.

From Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times:

The exact amount of money Farmar gave up to leave Turkey is unclear, but estimates range from $5-10 million.

“I was fortunate enough to go away and make some money to set my family up and be comfortable this decision wasn’t really financial,” he said. “Barring major injury, I’m still 26 years old. I feel like I have a long time to play basketball.”

“I just really wanted to make a sacrifice to be here. Not everyone is able to call the Lakers up and they take you,” Farmar said. “I thought it was important to do my part to make that happen.  If that was sacrificing some dollars today, it was worth it for me.”

Farmar initiated contact with the team to begin the conversation, and once the Lakers were on board, the rest of the pieces fell into place.

Farmar clashed with Phil Jackson a bit during his first tour of duty in L.A., mainly due to feeling constrained by the limitations of the triangle offense in terms of the opportunities it presents for players at the point guard position. Farmar always was more of an explosive presence than an initiator, so it’s no surprise he’s excited by the prospect of playing in Mike D’Antoni’s offense this time around.

That was just one factor in the plus column for Farmar as he considered the Lakers. Getting the opportunity to showcase his more mature game back in the NBA (and back in the states) was another, and the two together likely helped his decision to return home to play in Los Angeles — even for several million less than he could have made while staying overseas.

  1. ijusth - Jul 20, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    always liked Jordan’s game and was sad to see him leave (esp since he is a fellow Bruin). Glad he is back and can add some quickness the other starting laker guards do not have. Blake and Nash are good but not slashers like Farmar is. Despite what Barkely said the Lakers aren’t a disaster or a horrible team if Kobe plays at even a normal human level. I can see them winning in the high 40 low 50 games and be about a number 6-7 seed. Than of course they can start get FA signings next year

  2. 00maltliquor - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    I’m so glad we got him back. Now hopefully coach can refrain from unleashing Steve Blake as the 1st guard off the bench…but that likely won’t happen. Farmar is a major upgrade though. I think ‘Antoni might like him.

  3. misterdreamer119 - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    The Laker roster sucks. Only Gasol is is quality and in his prime. Dont over react now Kobe is injured and he hasnt proven he can function on a losing team.

    • harshedmellow - Jul 20, 2013 at 2:53 PM

      Pau Gasol is in his prime? Huh? Did you take a Hot Tub Time Machine back 5 years or something?

      Gasol shows every sign of falling apart physically the way big men do. When it happens, it’s an avalanche. An avalanche of DOOM for the Laker franchise! Bwa ha ha!

      As much fun as it was to be a Laker Hater last season, this next season gonna be the bomb.

      • aboogy123456 - Jul 20, 2013 at 3:27 PM

        Objective laker haters could at least see that Gasol played great towards the end of last year, and that was even coming back from injury, so why don’t we actually wait until he starts playing old before saying he’s done? You must have a lot of disappointment in your life if you get so happy when the lakers are in bad shape.

  4. money2long - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    farmar welcome back !

    dont want to crash on the farmar party, but if you wanna hear another new laker, here y’all go…

  5. onlyavoice - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    The lakers Have 1 Hope Of Getting Better & Getting Rid Of D’Antoni,
    That Is Kobe Coming Back Healthy & Strong.
    It Was Kobe Who Had Pau & Howard Playing Together
    It Was Kobe Who Moved Over Rated 1 Dimensional Queen Nash To The 2.
    It Was Kobe Who Got Them Into The Playoffs.
    It Was Kobe Who Publicly Humiliated D’Antoni By Texting In Plays To Run.
    It Was Kobe Who Got Hurt Trying To Do Everything
    It Was Howard Quiting On D’Antoni (Kobe Did 1st) In The Playoffs & Said Enough.
    Better Hope & Pray That Kobe Makes a Great Comeback.

  6. jerdogthompson - Jul 20, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Man never in million years would I have thought the famed Laker franchise would be such a mess. Coming from a 20 year fan of the Clippers I actually feel bad for the Lakers. Not good enough to get into the playoffs and not bad enough for a top lottery pick. It’s the dreaded middle ground of the NBA or what others refer to as mediocre. Let the haters start the chiding in 1,2,3………

    • lakerdownunder - Jul 20, 2013 at 8:06 PM

      I love the way people are stating the Lakers are in disarray because they’re not set up for a championship this year.

      What a joke.

      The reality is they have an average team for once. Shock, horror. But they also have positioned themselves to have more spending capacity next year than any team in the league. Spending in a year where critical players hit the market.

      And none of that flexibility comes without planning and execution.

      Disarray. I don’t think so…. And coming from a Clippers fan who lives in Mediocrity.

  7. thejoker44 - Jul 20, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Kobe still making 30 millions?

    • lakerdownunder - Jul 20, 2013 at 8:06 PM

      Kobe still GENERATES much more than that for the Lakers and NBA

      • borderline1988 - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:27 PM

        On winning Lakers teams, of course Kobe generates profits for the Lakers and NBA, even at $30 million.

        The real question is whether he’s worth $30 million to a non-playoff Lakers team…

  8. proxysays - Jul 20, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Monkey ears is back!

  9. aboogy123456 - Jul 20, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Let this Jordan Farmar be an example to all you Kobe and laker haters that guys DO want to play for them.

  10. metalhead65 - Jul 20, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    am I suppose to feel sorry for him that he walked away from 6 million to return to the states and take allot less to play for the lakers? how much did he make before he went over seas? then he plays for a year and makes enough to set his family up for life and we are suppose to admire this great sacrifice? even if he makes the min. he will not be applying for govt. assistance any time soon. but by all means let’s applaud him for his “sacrifice”.

  11. demthangs - Jul 20, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Lakers are actually going to be better than they were last year with Dwight now that they have some depth. Dwight was a big liability and played horrible.

    • Kurt Helin - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:52 PM

      Lakers fans are funny.

  12. 407magic - Jul 20, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    Lmao! You laker fans are happy to sign a guy nobody in the nba wanted and was playing in turkey??? And he’s taking a pay cut lol.
    Sounds like a desperate match made in heaven on both sides.

    • money2long - Jul 20, 2013 at 7:07 PM

      you just don’t get it

  13. dezglobal - Jul 20, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Taking a pay cut? Do you guys know how much Q-Tips cost in LA? This guy embodies sacrifice.

  14. jerdogthompson - Jul 21, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    I have a question for the Laker fans.

    Since the team will have all this cap space in 2014 the apparent top choices would be Carmelo & Lebron right?

    What type of inside source do you have that would indicate that either would leave their current situation and play for the Lakers? As witnessed with Dwight is wasn’t all about the money.

    With the Lakers taking a major hit in terms of perception with Dwight bolting after the Lakers saw fit to “beg” him to stay via billboards. You have to ask yourself if Jim buss is capable of rebuilding the franchise. I think any reasonable person would know the answer is an emphatic NO. I guess all that’s important are the 16 titles right? Given how half were won when there was 8 teams in the league, it just makes me laugh when all you have is the past. The future is what’s important unless of course the future is bleak and far too painful to acknowledge. It seems that a vast majority of Laker fans are like petulant little children. Having grown accustomed to always getting their way and throwing tantrums when they are told no. Well, the CBA is telling the Lakers NO & the days of attracting the top talent in the league are officially over. Look I’m not hating on the Lakers, far from it. I’m giving you a very objective synopsis of the current and future situation. Just the facts, just the facts.

    • lakerdownunder - Jul 21, 2013 at 10:47 PM

      The same people who are double guessing the future of the Lakers are the ones who were freaking out about the supposed “super team” they put together last year. “OMG the league is so stacked in the favor of the Lakers!” Cry, cry, cry…

      Let’s get real here. Jim Buss had enough insight to hang on to Bynum long enough to land Dwight Howard. He played a role in getting Pau Gasol and Chris Paul, plus a range of other players that have delivered championships to the Lakers. You can’t blame him if injuries, lack of chemistry, crap play, “basketball reasons”, or even player preference to go elsewhere changed the outcome of those achievements. He did his part.

      EVERY team in the league wants to be in the discussion of getting those players and having the chance, not guarantee, to succeed.

      There are two teams in the last decade that have the right to judge his work or the direction of the Lakers – San Antonio and the HEAT. (maybe throw in Boston). Every other team has done NOTHING.

      And you know what?… maybe the Lakers wont land either Melo or James, but they are in a position to try…which is better than just about any other team in the league.

      Don’t tell me that you don’t wish your team wasn’t having a discussion about the chance of landing either of those players and having the cap space to put a team around them.

      The reason people are stating that the Lakers are a disaster is because they look at one year of probable mediocrity over a decade of success.

      Let’s reassess the Lakers again this time next year or the year after that or the year after that….One thing we know for ABSOLUTE CERTAIN…they will always be in the discussion about winning.

      Can you say that about your team?

      Nope I didn’t think so.

  15. kingjeremi84 - Jul 21, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    in my opinion its not the 2014 freeagents there after sure there gonna make a run at melo and lbj but my guess is there gonna make a splash in 2015 with r.westbrook, as far as this year were having a productive offseason with low risk singings in young,kaman.and fan fav farmar this team is gonna be fun to watch go lakers

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