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Farmar agrees to deal with New Jersey; leaving Lakers

Jordan Farmar said he has agreed to a three-year, $12-million deal with the New Jersey Nets, ending his ties with the Lakers.

Farmar said he can opt out of his deal after the second season.

Farmar spent all four of his NBA seasons with the Lakers and was a part of two championship teams.

"This is a great opportunity for me," Farmar said. "I'm looking forward to it."

Farmar said he'll get a chance to play behind starting Nets point guard Devin Harris and for a coach, Avery Johnson, who played point guard in the NBA.


-- Broderick Turner

 
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>>> only LTLF dreams that Harris will get hurt and JF will start

Harris has missed 15-20 games each of the last 3 seasons with injuries. I'd say the odds are good it happens again.

You know how many games Derek Fisher has missed during the last 3 years in the regular season.

Zero.

Fish will likely be back.

Going to New Jersey increases Farmar's chances of starting.

>>>Maybe he has some moves we've never seen and maybe he can handle better
>>> and pass better than we've seen.

I've seen them, as have many people who watched him play at UCLA. With the Lakers, he just got very limited minutes, and he was playing in a system (the triangle) that doesn't really show off that kind of PG's skills.

Next year, its all about Andrew Bynum.

Even though he will be overshadowed by Kobe and Pau, I think Drew will be the X factor for the Lakers. That extra person that overloads the opposing teams defense and in this case, suppresses then on the defensive side as well.

He now has the confidence and the ability to play well within the system. Its up to him to raise and then sustain his game over an entire season and playoffs.

If he does that, then the pretenders to our thrown, whether they be Denver, Dallas, and OKC in the West or Boston, Orlando, and Miami in the East, will not be able to beat this Lakers team in a playoff series. In fact, they all will struggle as the Lakers dominate the paint, where the games are won and lost.

Look for Artest, Sasha, and Blake to have career shooting years, as the Lakers become an extremely efficient scoring machine-like team.

Add to that, a top defensive team, as the Celtics were forced to learn in the Finals. And this Lakers team will get a large asterisk added to its next season.

...... One of the best teams of all time.

Such good comments on this post.

P&GR: I totally agree with you that this is an opportunity for Sasha. Not only is it a contract year for him but if he carries a good attitude all year with his role - he should see excellent playing time and be very efffective.

Rick F: I rarely disagree with you but on this one I do. You said he will get better mentoring in NJ under Avery. How much better mentoring could he get from both Derek Fisher & Brian Shaw vs AJ (1 ring)? I think he was too arrogant to accept any mentoring. This should be a very humbling move for him.

I am glad the Lakers didn't offer him anything. Sure it was a FO snub but let's face it - how many days do you want to go to work with a role player out there saying he's a top tier NBA guard? And saying it in front of guys that had one multiple rings ahead of him.

If he was so great, on offense or defense - he would have had many opportunities over the last couple years. Wasn't there many nights right here on our game chats when we bemoaned various guards having career bests against the Lakers?

How many times did Jordan take the reins himself and prove he could be both an asset on both sides? How many really great offensive nights did he have or for that matter career high assists?

As FAITH continues to tell us and we all know - DEFENSE wins championships. I don't think he is a great defensive presense and I don't think he put himself 110% into the team defense structure. He has been too busy trying to impress us with his dribbling and stop movement ball handling. Go back and look at the Finals 2010 tape - I was frustrated every time he would dribble up - zero ball movement.

Let him bank his $ in Newark - it's the closest he will get to the bright lights of Manhattan. Next stop Russia.

Cheers all - PLG

>>>Backing up another, younger PG on the worst team in the league?? LMAO!!!!
>>>I guess he needed the money.

Devin Harris is 27. Jordan Farmar is 23.

And they were the worst team in the league LAST YEAR.

They now have an owner who's rich rich rich and dedicated to spending a lot of money to try to turn them into a champion. Bill Simmons calls him the Russian Mark Cuban, which is fitting.

He'll make more than he would with the Lakers, he'll get more playing time than he probably would with the Lakers, and in a year or two this will at least be a playoff team.

And Devin Harris is injury prone. So Farmar will probably get at least some starts with the Nets next season. Derek Fisher will be playing 82 games (despite the fact that he'll be shooting 30% on 3-pointers and 35% overall).

In short, everything about the New Jersey situation will likely be better for Jordan than the Lakers situation would be (other than winning rings).

Marvin,

>>>On the other hand, its not clear that the Nets run any offense at all.

Oh, perhaps you're a little out of date here. The Nets hired Avery Johnson as their new coach. He DEFINITELY runs an offense. In fact, most players think he's too hands-on, calling most of the plays from the sidelines.

But he did coach the Mavericks to the Finals, so he's much better than their coaches the last few seasons (since they dumped Byron Scott).

Lakers should offer Fish 4 years for 10 million and tell him he doesn't have to play the last two years to collect. That still gives him 10 million for 2 years of playing, but it only puts 2.5 million on the luxury tax each year.

>>>DEXTER PITTMAN is a name Pau Gasol and Lakers will be very familiar
>>>with very soon.

Watched him in summer league and I respectfully disagree.

The only thing they have to worry about is keeping their hands and arms away from his mouth, lest they get eaten.

The guy's over 300 pounds, and unlike Shaq it ain't mostly muscle. He'll be rough and physical for 2 minutes a quarter and then he'll be huffing and winded and chasing Bynum down the court (but chasing him very slowly).

Unless Pittman loses about 50 pounds, I don't see him having any real impact or playing significant minutes.

Staples 24,

>>>Pittman will just play the role of Perkins and Bynum, a big body in the middle.

Except for the fact that Perkins and Bynum can keep running for most of a quarter.

Pittman will be playing the role of the "big body that's still in the back court while Bynum is dunking on the fast break alley-oop from Blake"

"LBJ through all this hoopla did himself no favors by "exposing" himself on national TV as an inexperienced public speaker that needed some TACT in his message delivery. He should have consulted with a counselor specializing in the art of handling human emotions. Heck! He has the resources to do so...but didn't DO IT the right way"

Being one of Nike's big boys, along with Tiger, Sharapova, and even making probably double what KB24's getting, you would think that Nike would send someone to instruct and train him in public speaking.

Kobe has it down perfect, he toys with the interviewers, his pauses, his looks, his "no reaction", his dismissal of some questions.....Kobe is the true King. Chess just crossed my mind as I was going to call the Miami three's company a buncha pawns, but LeBron is a rook, not a rookie but a chess rook, two steps one way then one step the other way. Wade is the Queen (of that bunch), as he connived the other 2 to come down to what was then an empty house. Bosh, he's a pawn, the RuPawn......I wonder what Spoelstra is thinking, I havn't heard but is he going to still coach or is GORDON GECKO (Patrick Riley) going to come out of his cell (watch the trailer for the new Wall Street movie) and pull the same old scam he ran before. If I were Spoelstra, I'd be glad I had a contract, but I'd be thinking of Stan Van Gundy, and I'd be looking for an OUT....

Hopeful Carol

"If I were Buss I wouldn't want to take the chance that any of LAL's secrets might be vulnerable to outsiders. It seems like the Triangle offense could easily come up in a conversation or during a random practice or two."

Thankfully there are no secrets regarding the offense, everyone knows it. It's run like a drill. It's just a matter of the offensive players making the right decision based on the defenses reactions, and making the attack action decisively and quickly. There are no secrets as to who is going to get the ball for "last shots"...it's just a matter of whether he hits it, or whether he passes out of the double and the receiver hits it. I thought it was funny when Cleveland started last year with Cobi Karl, I think they were actually "fishing"...Cobi is in Denver now, and his dad, George Karl, doesn't need any "secrets", he's a great coach himself, and I hope he makes a full recovery.

If I were Spoelstra, I'd be glad I had a contract, but I'd be thinking of Stan Van Gundy, and I'd be looking for an OUT....
======

Yeah, imagine if the Heat don't go to the Finals, who is going to get the blame.
Spoelstra!

@humanomaly, you mean LBJ is a Knight. But, otherwise your post is right on point.

--FEARless

I like Farmar, but so much for loyalty; he like most all sports figures now, is chasing the $$ sign! The Lakers opened the door for him into the NBA but rather than stay & be part of a possible 3 peat, he is chasing money. But I feel he is not worth 12 Mil, to anyone at this point of his career; he regressed this past season & fror them to paly him 4 a year for what he MAY do & now what he HAS done, is a joke!
But I do wish him well & not sure how much more PT he gets there as a back up than here & with FIsh still seeking more money too, he most likely will get more time on the floor.

Even if Fish re-signs, his minutes will be reduced opening more pt for either him or Blake, whomever works the hardest & puts up the numbers.

I like Farmar, but so much for loyalty; he like most all sports figures now, is chasing the $$ sign! The Lakers opened the door for him into the NBA but rather than stay & be part of a possible 3 peat, he is chasing money. But I feel he is not worth 12 Mil, to anyone at this point of his career; he regressed this past season & fror them to paly him 4 a year for what he MAY do & now what he HAS done, is a joke!
But I do wish him well & not sure how much more PT he gets there as a back up than here & with FIsh still seeking more money too, he most likely will get more time on the floor.

Even if Fish re-signs, his minutes will be reduced opening more pt for either him or Blake, whomever works the hardest & puts up the numbers.

How long will it take him to regret this decision?

I'd say next June.

Jordan is a sellout

Sephy Hambaz

 
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