Lakers’ free-agent guards have decisions to make
The Lakers have one guard who might be staying or going, another guard who is leaving and yet another guard who remains in flux.
Almost two weeks into the free-agency period has put Lakers unrestricted free-agent guard Derek Fisher in a position in which he may have to decide between two similar offers -- one from the Lakers and the other from the Miami Heat.
Jordan Farmar, to whom the Lakers didn’t make a qualifying offer, which made him an unrestricted free agent, said he agreed Sunday night to a three-year, $12-million deal with the New Jersey Nets.
Restricted free-agent guard Shannon Brown remains in the negotiation process with teams, including the Lakers.
The Lakers’ latest offer to Fisher is for about $2.75 million annually, though it was unclear whether it was a one- or two-year deal. He made $5 million last season.
The Heat have made Fisher an offer, two NBA sources said Sunday night, but the amount for the 14-year veteran would be contingent upon what free agents Mike Miller and Udonis Haslem are willing to agree to with Miami.
The Heat’s offer to Fisher could be up to $2 million per season for two years, with the second season being an option.
Though it’s less than the Lakers’ offer, Fisher probably would make about the same with the Heat because of Florida’s state income tax break.
Fisher, who will be 36 on Aug. 9, has been promised a starting job in Miami.
The Heat, which has just signed Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh, would like to have an answer from Fisher, Miller and Haslem by Tuesday.
Farmar, who said he has an opt-out clause in his contract after the second season, said the idea of playing for new Nets Coach Avery Johnson, who played point guard in the NBA, and owner Mikhail Prokhorov is exciting for him.
Farmar, a four-year veteran, has won two NBA championships with the Lakers.
Farmar, 23, has always wanted to become a starter. But he will be the backup behind Devin Harris.
“It’s just an opportunity to go there and play basketball the way I know how to play,” said Farmar, who felt restricted in the triangle offense. “This is an opportunity to grow in my career.”
Brown said his representative continues to talk with the Lakers.
There have been reports that the Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz have interest in Brown.
Brown, who made $1.999 million last season, opted out of next season’s contract that would have paid him $2.149 million.
“I’m just going through the process,” Brown said. “A couple of teams have offers out there.”
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