Jordan Farmar admitted he was “surprised that it got to this point” where the Clippers felt that it was best to waive the 6-2 backup point guard on Friday.
Farmar became expendable because of his subpar play this season and because the Clippers acquired combo guard Austin Rivers from Boston on Thursday in a three-team trade that sent Reggie Bullock to Phoenix and Chris Douglas-Roberts and a 2017 second-round draft pick to the Celtics. Boston also got forward Shavlik Randolph from Phoenix.
Farmar, 28, who didn’t play in the last Clippers’ game at Portland on Wednesday night, appeared in 36 games this season and averaged 4.6 points and 1.9 assists in 14.7 minutes.
He was shooting 38.6% from the field, 36.1% from three-point range.
“It just ended up not being a great fit,” Farmar said. “We both decided it was better off that we part ways.”
Doc Rivers, the Clippers’ coach and president of basketball operations and the father of Austin Rivers, signed Farmar last summer to the bi-annual exception of $4.2 million for two years.
Farmar’s job was to be the backup point guard behind Chris Paul after Darren Collison signed with the Sacramento Kings.
“I just never felt I had a real role,” Farmar said. “We talked in the offseason about what my job was going to be. The opportunity just wasn’t the same. It was never time for me to really ever get going and feel comfortable and feel like I had a place on the team.”
Farmar was asked if it was true that Rivers was hardest on the guard than anyone else on the team.
“You’re correct saying that,” Farmar said. “I would assume that. I’ve been doing this for a long time. For whatever reason, and I can’t really put my finger on it, but it just wasn’t a great fit. On paper, initially it looked really good. It was different in reality – I would probably say from both of our perspectives. So that’s why at the end of the day, we both agreed mutually to go our separate ways.”
Farmar has 48 hours to clear waivers, which would make him a free agent on Sunday with the ability to sign with any team.
Farmar was told that the Cleveland Cavaliers are looking for an upgrade at backup point guard for Kyrie Irving.
Farmar said he played for Cleveland Coach David Blatt in Israel in 2011 when Blatt coached Maccabi Tel Aviv.
“It would be something for me to think about,” Farmar said about playing for the Cavaliers. “I definitely think I have a lot to offer. I think I could fit on that team, as well as a lot of teams. It’s just about, what is my job going to be? Am I going to be able to be myself?”