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Report: Clippers reach deal with Jordan Farmar to be backup point guard

Jul 6, 2014, 7:13 PM EDT

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Out goes one former UCLA point guard, in comes another.

The Clippers said their top priority this off-season was re-signing Darren Collison, but he bolted for a bigger opportunity (and likely a little more money) in Sacramento.

With one former Bruin out the Clippers are turning to another former Bruin and Los Angeles standout to take over the role behind Chris PaulJordan Farmar. Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times broke this.

Farmar played in 41 games for the Lakers last season, averaging 10.1 points and 4.9 assists a game, looking fairly comfortable in Mike D’Antoni’s offense, and shooting 43.8 percent from three. At least when healthy, he battled through a torn left hamstring and a strained right groin (both injuries healed). Farmar has always preferred a more uptempo game but can be a solid game manager, and he should have plenty of fire power around him on the Clippers bench (whether or not they trade Jamal Crawford).

Farmar is a bit of a step down from Collison but not a huge one, and so long as Chris Paul stays healthy it shouldn’t matter much. If not… the Clippers could be shopping again.

  1. mackcarrington - Jul 6, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    Sweet move, since the Lakers didn’t want to keep him.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 6, 2014 at 8:40 PM

      uh, that actually makes it a bad move…

      • mackcarrington - Jul 6, 2014 at 9:00 PM

        I walk this really weird line of being a Laker and Clipper fan. My roots go back to Buffalo and the Braves days, hence the Clipper affliction. I was a NBA and Laker fan before the Braves were in Buffalo. I like seeing both teams do well and I don’t mind seeing the Clips do well at the expense of the Lakers. It’s tough sometimes but in the end, the front of the jersey still says Los Angeles.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:20 PM

        to each their own sir… it’s your opinion and not mine… as long as you’re good with it…

        Now, being born and raised outside the city of Chicago, I could care less the White Sox jersey says Chicago on it…

        Da Cubs! Yes, my team sucks and I can admit it…

      • chicagosports2014 - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:19 AM

        Thought he was retired or something

  2. 00maltliquor - Jul 6, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    That takes away the sting of losing Collison. They almost don’t miss a beat, good signing. Caught the Lakers slipping.

  3. 00maltliquor - Jul 6, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Hawes. Farmar. Good solid signings for LAC, but still waiting to see if a black player will sign with the stench of Sterling in the air.

    • therealhtj - Jul 6, 2014 at 7:32 PM

      Sterling’s stench has always been there and it never stopped anybody. You do realize Farmar’s father is African American don’t you?

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 6, 2014 at 7:35 PM

        Nope, did not know that. Been watching him since college and all through the pros, never seen his father.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 6, 2014 at 8:41 PM

        but you’ve seen his mother I take it…?

      • ranfan12 - Jul 6, 2014 at 8:43 PM

        no wonder he had a 40 inch vertical… wait a minute lol

  4. luz56 - Jul 6, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    and the hits just keep coming for the Lakers… If the situation was in a different city all those Hollywood Faker fans would be in full force belittling that team…

    I can’t imagine what Jimmy ( the fastest fish that day) has in store but it ain’t looking good so far

    • smoothaswilkes - Jul 6, 2014 at 8:34 PM

      English, please.

      And in what world do you think not signing a quasi-starting PG is such a blow to the team? They already have 2 PGs signed and are probably looking at other PGs, like Thomas.

      trolls gonna troll.

      • money2long - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:18 PM

        Xavier Henry ran the point well. I’d be mad if the lakers lost him.
        Not farmar

      • smoothaswilkes - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:01 PM

        I’m not sure about the point, but I’d like to see X back too. He just needs to stay healthy, which should help the Lakers cause.

      • ranfan12 - Jul 7, 2014 at 1:27 AM

        i’d like xavier better at sg until he get point guard handles. everyone was fumbling the ball on possessions when the point guards were out it wasn’t all that bad, but it the need definitely showed

      • money2long - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:36 AM

        Yea I hear you guys. I didn’t mean full time at the point. 👍

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:24 AM

        @smoothaswilkes

        English you say.

        OK, it wasn’t difficult to understand.

        “and the hits just keep coming for the Lakers”
        He’s saying this signing was not a good one for the Lakers.

        “If the situation was in a different city all those Hollywood Faker fans would be in full force belitting that team”
        He’s saying if another team signed this guy, all the Laker fans would be blasting that team for signing him.

        “I can’t imagine what Jimmy (the fastest fish that day)”
        He was saying that Jimmy is around due to that one specific sperm being the quickest to the egg on the day he was conceived.

        “…has in store but it ain’t looking good so far”
        He doesn’t think the moves to date for the Lakers have been good.

        Now, I really think you did understand all of this but you were just being difficult.

  5. mutasian - Jul 6, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    go bruins!

  6. jimsjam33 - Jul 6, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    This is not a step down . Farmer is just as good as Collison .

  7. skins26portis - Jul 6, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    I’m sure Laker fans who praised how great Farmer played last season , are now saying he is garbage . Clippers make moves to strengthen the bench. Farmer is a nice role player and has valuable experience. Lakers are so busy entertaining Melo that they have lost Meeks, Kaman , Farmer and next Pau Gasol. Clippers run LA now let’s see how long Jack Nicholson shows up for the Lakers crap show.

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 6, 2014 at 7:42 PM

      Lakers did not want to retain Meeks or Kaman, and reports indicate they didn’t focus much on retaining Farmar either. Why they didn’t want to keep Farmar I’m not entirely sure but there you have it.

      • casualcommenter - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:43 PM

        Far from a Lakers defender, but it’s pretty clear what their strategy is.

        Literally keep as much cap space open as possible in their pursuit of retaining Carmelo and Pau, and hope that a team with Nash, Kobe, Carmelo, and Pau all under contract allows them to sign a couple of decent role players afterwards.

        They’re not going to eat up cap space to retain Farmar, Meeks, and Kaman when they’re out hunting for All Stars.

      • casualcommenter - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:46 PM

        That was the Heat’s approach in 2010 – first use up all their cap space on the Big 3 plus Miller and Haslem, then slowly add decent veterans each year using the mid-level exceptions. That’s how they got Battier then Ray Allen.

        If you build via free agency rather than the draft, you grab stars first, then add role players later, not the other way around.

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 6, 2014 at 7:49 PM

      Ummm…no.

    • moseskkim - Jul 7, 2014 at 1:31 AM

      So ur saying that lakers shouldve retained kaman meeks etc? They both got some big time contracts. So spend the valuable cap space kupchak and buss’ have wanted for a while on kaman and meeks? No thanks buddy!

  8. lakerade - Jul 6, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    So impatient, Farmar. Still precocious as ever, always now now now. Back out you go, but don’t get too close to the River. Perhaps it’s too late.

    • muathjam21 - Jul 6, 2014 at 8:33 PM

      Thanks for the poem, but I can see why players would refuse to wait for a team that has all of four players on the roster and are still coachless to this point holding on to a mere thread that Anthony or James come to LA.

      Good move for Farmar. He gets to stay close to home and goes to a contender.

      • casualcommenter - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:48 PM

        Agreed with this. For a guy who had injury issues last year and was out of the NBA for awhile, it’s hard to blame Farmar for accepting a good offer from a top-4 seed.

        He had no guarantees he was part of the Lakers’ future plans.

    • money2long - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:21 PM

      Doc rivers ?

  9. antistratfordian - Jul 6, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    Not bad. What are the Lakers doing? Putting all their chips in the Melo basket…

    Why not?

    • money2long - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:22 PM

      Lol. Yeah how could the lakers let this happen

  10. soundsofsuccess7 - Jul 6, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Lakers’ sloppy seconds..

  11. jerdogthompson - Jul 6, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    Sloppy seconds eh?

    You really wanted to start that? Let’s see;

    *Kaman
    *odom
    *blake
    *Barnes

    Shall I continue? Best do your research first meatball.

    #InDocwetrust

    • ranfan12 - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:33 PM

      all of those players played for the clippers before the lakers LOL

      speaking of farmar and odom, odom doesn’t look too shabby
      http://instagram.com/p/o7lXVrqZVf/

    • ranfan12 - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:33 AM

      the players you just listed that is

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:44 AM

      The only one that matters for the Clippers is:

      -Norm Nixon

      Thanks again for Byron Scott.

  12. hierosouls - Jul 6, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    They better not trade Crawford for Pierce.

    • money2long - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:24 PM

      Farmar can play pg and sg. Perhaps they’re still considering. But I agree with you.

  13. timcast12 - Jul 6, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Wish we would of kept him! Good player!

  14. campcouch - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    At least he doesn’t have to move his stuff

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