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Farmar Unrestricted Free Agent

In Free Agency on June 30, 2010 at 9:08 pm

The LA Times reports

The Lakers decided Wednesday not to give restricted guard Jordan Farmar a one-year, $3-million contract offer.

It means that Farmar becomes an unrestricted free agent, and that the Lakers could lose him and get nothing in return when the free-agency period begins at 9:01 p.m. Pacific time Wednesday.

If the Lakers had tendered Farmar a deal, known as a qualifying offer, he would have remained a restricted free agent and they would have had the rights to match any offer sheet he signed with another team.

Los Angeles Lakers

A surprising move by the Lakers

  • A $3 million offer sheet was a solid price for Farmar
  • The Lakers have no point guards heading into next season at this point in time. Making Farmar a qualifying offer, and hence a restricted free agent, would have been a nice fail safe option.
  • As a restricted free agent, Farmar would have found it more difficult to get a firm offer from someone. This would have given LA a better chance at a lower price.
  • As a restricted free agent, LA could have kept Farmar regardless of his wishes. Now Farmar is free to leave even if LA change their mind and decide they want to keep him. Plus, it’s likely that Farmar will want to leave due to the poor fit system wise.

This also brings us to an obvious conclusion — the Lakers are looking to acquire new point guards heading into next season. Good chance they spend their MLE, or a portion of it, on a point guard. Or trade Vujacic’s expiring contract for a point guard.

I wasn’t certain LA were going to go after a point guard this summer. Not given their financial situation and the strong postseason play from Derek Fisher. But this move makes that a new point guard a near certainty.

Jordan Farmar

As for Farmar, it will be good for him to get out of LA. The Triangle offense is a poor fit for him and for the good of his career he needs to move on and try to establish himself elsewhere because he was never going to be more than a inconsistent mediocre backup point guard in LA.

In terms of his free agency opportunities, I think Farmar will find it difficult to get offered a starting job somewhere. A lot of talented young point guards have entered the league over the past couple of seasons and most squads are either happy with their current PG or have a prospect who they like long term. So, Farmar’s opportunities will be limited.

The article, linked to above, mentioned the Indiana Pacers. I think that would be a great fit for Farmar. I hope that comes to fruition.

  1. Hi Dave

    It is Jordan FarmAr, not Farmer 😉


  2. Hey Julien,

    Really? …. Ooops … I get the feeling that is a mistake I have been making for long time.

    Gonna have to go back through a lot of posts correcting this one! Oh well.

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