Lakers sign Jordan Farmar to one-year deal
The Lakers signed point guard Jordan Farmar to a one-year, $1.1-million contract after agreeing to a buyout with his pro team in Turkey.
Farmar rejoins the Lakers three years after leaving them as a free agent. He subsequently played two years for the New Jersey Nets (now Brooklyn), averaging 9.9 points and 4.4 assists, before spending last season with Anadolu Efes.
The buyout in Farmar’s deal was $500,000, and the Lakers paid the entire bill.
The Lakers have now signed free agents Chris Kaman, Nick Young, Wesley Johnson and Farmar after losing Dwight Howard to Houston and waiving Metta World Peace via the one-time amnesty provision.
“We understand the obstacles that we’re facing and the problems that have been here in recent years and Dwight leaving and all the stuff that just went on,” Farmar recently told The Times. “But when I came in here, it wasn’t a championship-caliber team at first. I was behind Smush Parker and we lost to Phoenix in the first round. But this is the Lakers. They’re going to make the right decisions.”
Farmar said he made a good call to leave the NBA and become the main option for an overseas team.
“Having the responsibility whether we win or lose was on my shoulders,” he said. “It wasn’t like bringing energy off the bench or what my role had to be in the NBA previous to going out there. It felt a lot like my high school and college days when I got a chance to really run a team, play a lot of pick and roll, make big shots down the stretch.”
Farmar, 26, played for Woodland Hills Taft High and UCLA before being drafted 26th overall by the Lakers in 2006.
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