Lakers News: Team Officially Signs Jordan Farmar

Lakers News: Team Officially Signs Jordan Farmar

Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports
Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

It’s official – the Los Angeles Lakers and Jordan Farmar have reached an agreement on a new contract according to the team. Farmar, who was drafted by the Lakers nearly a decade ago, spent his life growing up in L.A. and attending UCLA. Farmar won two championships as a member of the Lakers (09, 10) before departing for the New Jersey Nets and eventually taking his talents overseas.

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Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it’s expected to be a one-year, veteran’s minimum contract that included a buyout agreement with Farmar’s current Turkish team.

Below is the complete press release, courtesy of the Lakers.

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed free agent guard Jordan Farmar, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released.

“Jordan was a fan favorite and a key contributor to our championship teams in 2009 and 2010,” said Kupchak. “We’re pleased to have him back with the Lakers and look forward to him once again making a positive impact on our team.”

Farmar, originally selected by the Lakers with the 26th overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft, spent his first four NBA seasons with Los Angeles and helped the team to three consecutive NBA Finals appearances (2008-10) and back-to-back NBA Championships in 2009 and 2010. A participant in the Rookie-Sophomore Challenge at NBA All-Star Weekend in both 2007 and 2008, Farmar averaged 6.9 points and 2.1 assists in 18.1 minutes over a span of 301 career games during his first stint with the Lakers.

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.

A Los Angeles native, Farmar, named to the 2003-04 McDonald’s High School All-American team after leading Taft High School to its first ever Los Angeles City title, played two seasons at UCLA where he was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, helped lead the Bruins to the 2006 NCAA championship game as a sophomore and concluded his two-year collegiate career averaging 13.5 points and 5.2 assists in 66 games.

  • Jim213

    Excellent… just need Lamar to make up his mind. This also puts into question S Blake’s role given that I’m sure Farmar will be backup to Nash being the 2nd team. Time for another trade?…

    • Daryl Peek

      Nah, gotta remember D’Antoni loves Blake and always wanted to work with him. Blake was on fire down the stretch before he got hurt again. Farmar would have to really impress D’Antoni to move into the second team above Blake.

      • Lake Show 24

        Blake could be primarily backup SG with Farmar pushing the ball.

        Meeks could be a straight up shooter with no ball handling duties off the bench.

        I’m hoping Lamar Odom signs on the Lakers along with Ronnie Brewer, who would both provide much needed defense.

        • Daryl Peek

          Keep in mind Johnson and Young are gonna jump in front of Meeks. Blake is a lock at back up PG IMO. Again D’Antoni loves him.

          • Joseph Apohen

            Young will be at the wing where he can do damage from the corners. I would think Blake will start with Nash until Kobe returns. That would make Farmar as Nash’s sub with possibly Meeks playing with him or maybe Johnson, depending on streak shooting of Jodie.

    • Rarthadys

      The rumors are Blake and Hill maybe traded before the deadline, both got values, both has expiring low price contracts. Hope Lakers can get a pick next year for those 2.

      • Jim213

        Hopefully they’ll close the deal sooner, then at least they could sign Vujacic who’s better at defense than Blake.

  • Jim213


    You’d prefer Blake over Vujacic?… but IMO, the team still requires consistent healthy solid players. I would also throw in Hill as if the Nash/Dumbtoni combination agree that Pau should move to Center well have 4 likely C’s?. Though Hill is a F/C, we need more athleticism and solid defense within these positions.

    • Daryl Peek

      Yes I’d prefer Blake over Sasha. Blake fits what D’Antoni is doing and his injuries are rare like Nash, looking at the big picture of their careers. Nash and Blake have both been as durable as Kobe over the past ten years. Sasha is a sentimental Fav but the team is loaded with SG’s right now. Again D’antoni is the guy Mitch and Buss believe in so we as Lakers fans should support him. We all want to see Lakers victories right?

      From a team chemistry stand point Blake is the better option.

      • Jim213

        Good points,

        I and many disagree, IMO Blake lacks the defense play though a good 3 point shooter from time to time. I know you have a preference for D’Antoni but I still believe that management is looking towards 2014 while having in their minds that D’Antone may not be around after next season. Most of the Nation doesn’t want him here.. but don’t have a choice. Time will tell Daryl you’ll SEE!

        • Daryl Peek

          Actually I don’t prefer D’Antoni. I just want Laker wins. I will say this tho. If Mike wins this season, he’s coming back in 2014.

          • Jim213

            Agreed, though he’d have to get to the Western Conference finals to guarantee that, IMO. If we can acquire Lamar and other solid players I believe the team would be better off given the lack of chemistry last year.

            I don’t want the team to tank either just to make the most of what they have aside of having a solid competitive team to help the 2014 free agency.

          • Daryl Peek

            With Farmar now under contract there’s only 1 maybe 2 roster spots left at most. If Gasol is not traded I doubt any other moves are made. I’d bet 1 or two guys from the summer league team get a crack at rounding out the roster for depth.

          • Jim213

            In one of the summer league pics, NY was with agent 0 too… I’d say 1 would probably get picked but Dumbtoni also mentioned that they’re looking for youth too though I believe he wouldn’t have the final say.

          • richard

            I am thinking of the same summer league addition. I wouldn’t be surprised if Landry gets the invite to training camp and shore up that PF slot for depth.

          • Jim213

            Should’ve at least invited Ronnie Brewer…

          • richard

            As you mentioned above… we are stack at the 1, 2 and 3, and 5 positions… we need a young power forward or a veteran that can help shore up that position. Some candidates that comes to mind and is available are: Odom, Landry, K-mart… let’s do it Mitch.

          • Jim213

            Aside of Lamar… still feel like something is missing and it relates to defense. Now that MWP is gone we need more defensive minded depth.

            Looking at the current free agency of remaining players Ivan Johnson (ATL), Ronnie Brewer (OKC) (forwards) would fit our need for one Dennis Rodman type of player who’s more defensive minded. Although both require more grow offensively they play solid defense “got to get them rebounds.”

          • richard

            i am not sure about Ronie Brewer as a defensive man compare to Wes Johnson which primarily was a defensive 3 in Minnie. Ivan Johnson might help, but his defense is no where near MWP or Rodman. Jordan Hill is a better rebounder and post defender at the 4 position. Plus, Ivan Johnson is a little small to play the 4 at 6’8″. I could be wrong… But I put my money on J. Hill to man the 4 for defense.

          • Jim213

            Given that we have 12 current players on the roster I’d prefer Lamar over the rest. But If Blake is placed on the trading block it’d be something to consider given that with Farmar back and his defensive mentality aside of play he will likely backup Nash.

          • richard

            I agree with you on Lamar… we could really use his locker room presence and championship experience… I will never forget the time when he stood up against Garnet… that was huge… one reason KG couldn’t impose his play at the 4 in the 2010 finals when Lamar was on him.

          • Jim213

            yes, though he should make up his mind soon… but getting Farmar doesn’t hurt persuasion wise.

          • Mark Anthony Jones

            If Mike comes back we definately won’t get Melo. He’s not going to play for dantoni again!

      • Joseph Apohen

        Sasha is tall enough to play the wing to spill Young when needed. He is a good defender because of his tenacity. He irritates those he guards and does not back down from anyone. He was named the Machine because he knocked down threes, and he would help stretch the offense. He would also come in cheap. Blake played well toward the end of the season, but with Jordan back for at least a year and Blake making 4M (?) he could be waived and save more money.

        • Daryl Peek

          Those that are thinking Sasha will come to the Lakers and be more productive than Blake are not dealing in reality. Sasha numbers in Turkey last season… 9 ppg on 38% FG and 38% 3pt. Blake was injured but shot 42% 3pt and played PG and SG at times. Keep in mind d’antoni’s offense is PG driven. Waving Blake is out of the question because of the cap hit it would cost the team. Farmar will have to beat him out in camp. I don’t see that happening either.

          Blake is also a better team defender than most give him credit. No PG can stop opposing elite’s. Blake is like a younger Fisher with his gritty fighting through screens toughness.

          • Joseph Apohen

            Blake played well during the playoff and I would think he’ll start with Nash until Kobe returns. That makes Farmar a sub to Nash. The past year or two(2) Blake was a disappointment. D’Antoni’s offense being more pg oriented it is logical to pick up Sasha as he played some pg when Phil coached. Sasha will be cheaped and by waving Blake Lakers can save more money. It would be a more tax saving as in the amnesty of MWP.

          • Daryl Peek

            Blake wont start at SG while Kobe’s out. Young or Meeks will be at the 2 while Johnson the 3. Jim Buss was recently interviewed at today’s summer league game and he spoke on how much he and D’Antoni like Johnson’s athletic abilities coupled with his jump shot in a workout before they signed him.

          • Daryl Peek

            Farmar is basically taking Morris’s depth spot on the roster. He will have to work his way into a higher rotation spot.

          • Joseph Apohen

            Do you really think so?

          • Joseph Apohen

            Do you really agree with Jim Buss? He has not made a smart decision since he’s been in charge.

          • Daryl Peek

            So your on the Blame Jimmy for everything team? WOW

    • ra

      Agree with Vujacic over Blake. Even though Blake has been durable the last 10 years, he’s sputtering now.

      But the main reason is Sasha’s defense was, as I recall, pretty annoying to opponents. I think he got elbowed in the head a couple of times. That’s what we need. Fish isn’t around, so who will be the tough defender on the team?

      SV would fit the bill, AND be a great 3 point shooter. We need spot ups and defenders, not PG types (Blake). Besides, we got Farmar now.

      • Jim213

        Agreed, I also don’t see the attitude type of play from Blake to really challenge on the defensive side. Team chemistry will be a factor for the Lakers next season.

  • richard

    This team has suddenly become deep, athletic, and so younger than last year, with enough years of experience among players, as well as veteran leadership and championship acumen.

    The excitement and anticipation among fans is almost as good as last summer…

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  • Just Tim

    If only the Lakers would bring back Vujacic, Shannon Brown, and a certain PJ…

    I’m just glad that the Lakers got a familiar face back in the fold.

  • Big Game James

    Why do so many people want Lamar back so bad? I love the guy and he is a true Laker but do you think he can help? He looked out of shape last year and wasn’t even close to the Lamar before he got traded to Dallas…

    • Javi

      I think Lamar Odom needs to be with the Lakers to come back to life. Although he was traded at his request, I think he regretted it. He just might be back with the Lakers and I am hoping he does sign again with them, even if for a year or two.

  • Maurice Kirkendoff

    Why are y’all so in love with Blake. Last time i saw Sasha he nailed 2 big free throws against Boston to win the championship and hit a big 3 when Lakers won the championship over Orlando. Now Blake on the other hand lacks good defense and is a stricky shooter and didn’t he miss that WIDE open 3 against okc last year. And bout didn’t play at all in the past playoffs. And he’s been fragile the last 2 seasons the fuck yall talking bout.I’ll sign Sasha who is a champion instead of keeping a person who has never seen the 2nd round off a playoff series

    • Matt Williams

      I want to trade Steve Blake for draft picks. Then get Nate Robinson.

  • believemeLAKERS!

    we have a deep bench this year way better than last year. last years debacle was all about injuries and egos. kobe and dwights ego didnt not coexist thats why homeboy left.

    • richard

      Mike Miller.. always a liability on defense… and cant stay healthy.. he is a good shooter though… there is good ton of reason why the Heat let go of him. We have enough players at the 3 position with Johnson,Young, and Kobe, we don’t need him… what we lack is depth at the 4.

  • lakers4life

    kelly,byron mullens,odom
    sacre,gasol,kaman. if posible!!!

    • Rarthadys

      Mullen sign with Clippers, Dragic is a possibility now Suns got Bledsoe.

  • KcS

    Good! Now let’s get rid of Nash by trading him for a young, athletic talent and we’re all set. Maybe get Odom or Miller as well.

    • richard

      I am not sure trading Nash is such a good idea. Remember, our coach is MDA. Nash is like a 2nd coach out on the floor. He will help facilitate the teams learning curve with the offense. having him with the team has too much upside than trading him for a young, untested talent, that you are not sure will work well with this group. Plus, Kobe respects Nash, we need that kind of player with Kobe.

  • richard

    Farmer has signed and Mike D blasts Dwight move to Houston! It’s been a good day in lakerland. We are only an Odom and The Machine signing away from a championship team!

    So what if its the 2008 one. I already like this team and the bench more then last years!

  • Rayb

    Plain and simple all we need now is Vulacic and Odom to round out this years Championship run. Remember nobody can get Odom to do his job like Kobe and Sasha at point, could get under a lot of opponents skin with his defense.

  • AC25

    lets get Ronnie Brewer for SF, Ivan Johnson or Kenyon Martin for PF

  • Larry Golden

    Lamar should head back to LA. He is still a premier player and the Laker’s could always use some extra height.

  • Mel

    PG-Nash,Farmar and Blake
    SG-Bryant and Meeks
    F- Young,Wesley,Harrias, Landry
    PF- Gasol, Kelly and Odom
    C- Kaman and Sacre