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Lakers' Jordan Farmar gets contract offer from New Jersey

Jordan Farmar said Sunday that he has gotten a contract offer from the New Jersey Nets, but that he hasn't signed it yet.

Farmar, who spent his first four NBA seasons with the Lakers, said the offer was for three years and $12 million.

"It's on the table," Farmar said in a phone interview. "Both sides are trying to figure some things out. I'm definitely interested."

Farmar became an unrestricted free agent when the Lakers decided at the end of July not to enxtend the 6-foot-2 guard a qualfying offer. That meant the Lakers couldn't match any offer Farmar got from another team.

Farmar won two NBA championships with the Lakers, but he has always felt his style of play was not best suited for the triangle offense.

Farmar also has wanted to be a starter with the Lakers, but has spent the last three seasons behind Derek Fisher, who still is in negotiations with the Lakers and Miami Heat for a multi-year contract.

If Farmar does sign a deal with the Nets, he'll probably still will be a back-up point guard behind Devin Harris.


-- Broderick Turner

 
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****** NBA SALARY CAP EXCEPTIONS (REVISED) ******

(CAVEAT: Please correct me if I misinterpret something. Also, I've done my best trying to confirm these minimum & maximum numbers. Obviously, a lot of the data on the web can be pure speculation. One site I found http://members.cox.net/lmcoon/salarycap.htm#Q25 had excellent descriptions of these exceptions plus a table for minimum and maximum salaries per year. I ultimately ended up using this data. SO PLEASE TAKE THE SALARY DATA WITH A GRAIN OF SALT… I then drafted the following with regards to how these exceptions apply to the Lakers.)

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LARRY BIRD EXCEPTION: Lakers can sign any of it's own free agents that previously played for them at least 3 consecutive seasons (or, if traded, three consecutive years total under the same contract). They can sign these players for 1 year minimum up to 6 year maximum contracts. Each player can be signed up to the Max Salary for their years in the league & receive Maximum Raises of 10.5% for subsequent years of contract. Available so long as the player's Bird Rights weren't renounced by the Lakers.

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Current Players with Bird Rights:

Fisher--Can be signed, as 10+ Year Player, from the Minimum ($1,352,181) up to Max ($19,045,250) for 1-5 Years (with 10.5% increases per year). Limitation: Luxury Tax still applies.

S. Brown--Traded players retain their Bird Rights. Shannon Opted Out & Therefore, I Believe that the Lakers still retain his Bird Rights (since they didn't renounce him; it would've been the other way around if they had an opt out clause). Can be signed, as a 4 Year Player, from the Minimum ($915,852) up to Max ($13,603,750) for 1-5 Years (with 10.5% increases per year). Limitation: Luxury Tax still applies.

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Current Players without Bird Rights:

Farmar--Doesn't Qualify. Bird Rights were Renounced when Lakers didn't make a qualifying offer to him as a restricted free agent.

Morrisson--Doesn't Qualify. Bird Rights were Renounced when Lakers didn't make a qualifying offer to him as a restricted free agent.

MBenga--Doesn't Qualify since he was waived, not traded by the Warriors in Jan. '08.

J. Powell--Doesn't Qualify since he has only been under contract with Lakers for two seasons (originally signed as a free agent).

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EARLY BIRD EXCEPTION: Lakers can sign any of it's own free agents that previously played for them at least 2 consecutive seasons. They can sign these players for 2 year minimum up to 5 year maximum contracts. Each player can be signed up to 175% of previous salary or the average player salary ($5,765,000), whichever is greater, & receive Maximum Raises of 10.5% for subsequent years of contract. Available so long as the player's Bird Rights weren't renounced.

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Current Players with Early Bird Rights:

MBenga--Lakers can pay him, as a 6 Year Player, from the Minimum ($1,069,509) up to 175% of last years contract ($959,111 x 175% = $1,678.44) or the average player salary ($5,765,000), whichever is greater, for 2-5 years (with 10.5% increases per year). Limitation: Luxury Tax still applies.

J. Powell--Lakers can pay him, as a 6 Year Player,from the Minimum ($1,069,509) up to 175% of last years contract ($959,111 x 175% = $1,678.44) or the average player salary ($5,765,000), whichever is greater, for 2-5 years (with 10.5% increases per year). Limitation: Luxury Tax still applies.

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NON-BIRD EXCEPTION: Laker Free Agents, that don't qualify for the Larry Bird or Early Bird Exceptions, may be resigned to 1 year minimum up to 5 year maximum contracts. Each player can be signed up to 120% of their previous salary, 120% of the minimum salary for their years in the league or the amount of the restricted free agent's qualifying offer (whichever is greater). Maximum raises are 8% per year.

NOTE: Unsure if Non-Bird Exception is considered renounced if a restricted free agent is not tendered a qualifying offer. I would think that the Lakers gave up the Non-Bird Exception with regard to Farmar & Morrison. Anybody?

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Current Players with Non-Bird Rights: MOST PROBABLY NONE.

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BI-ANNUAL EXCEPTION: Lakers can sign any non-Laker free agent(s) for a 1 year minimum up to 2 year maximum contract(s). The exception can be split and totals $2,080,000 for the 2010-2011 season. Maximum Raise of 8% for second year of contract. Available to the Lakers once in a two year period.

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Used to Sign Shannon Brown Last Year. Not Available Until Next Year. Shouldn't Have Given Him an Opt-Out Clause!

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MID-LEVEL EXCEPTION: Lakers can sign a non-Laker free agent from 1 year up to 5 years. The exception can be split and totals $5,765,000 for the 2010-2011 season. Maximum raises are 8% per year.

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Lakers already used most of this to sign Steve Blake. Unsure how much is left of the 2010-2011 amount. Limitation: Luxury Tax still applies.

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DISABLED PLAYER EXCEPTION: Subject to League Approval (Difficult to Get), the Lakers can sign any free agent from 1 year up to 5 years. The exception cannot be split and would be the lesser of 50% of the injured player's salary or the average player salary ($5,765,000). Maximum raises are 8% per year.

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Presuming Luke's back doesn't get better. Luke Walton's Contract for Next Year is $5,260,000. So, if the NBA LEAGUE OFFICE approved it (and that's a BIG IF), the Lakers could offer a contract starting at $2,630,000 for the 2010-2011 season to any available player. Limitation: Not Sure, But I Believe the Luxury Tax still applies. Anybody?

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ROOKIE EXCEPTION: Lakers can sign their rookie 1st round draft picks for 2 years plus two team options. The exception can be split and totals $5,765,000 for the 2010-2011 season. Maximum raises are 8% per year.

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Lakers don't have any 1st round draft picks.

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MINIMUM PLAYER SALARY EXCEPTION (MISTAKENLY REFERRED TO AS "VETERAN'S MINIMUM", BUT NO SUCH RESTRICTION): Lakers, since they're over the salary cap, can offer any player(s) the minimum salary based upon the player's years in the league. Contracts can be from 1 year to 2 years maximum. 2nd year is also at salary minimum.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe this exception also applies to 2nd round draft picks. Therefore:

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Ebanks & Caracter--Can be signed for Rookie Year Player Minimum ($473,604) for 1-2 Years (2nd year salary at $490,180). Limitation: Luxury Tax still applies.

DJ Strawberry--Having played essentially 2 years (he was waived early in his 2nd year after being traded), DJ can be signed for a minimum $854,389 this year. If the Lakers offer him a two year contract, he would get paid $884,293 in the 2nd year. Limitation: Luxury Tax still applies.

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2010-2011 MINIMUM SALARIES
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Rookie Player: $473,604
1 Year Player: $762,195
2 Year Player: $854,389
3 Year Player: $885,120
4 Year Player: $915,852
5 Year Player: $992,680
6 Year Player: $1,069,509
7 Year Player: $1,146,337
8 Year Player: $1,223,166
9 Year Player: $1,229,255
10+ Year Player: $1,352,181

Now you can see what the Lakers are able to offer all the possible free agents we've been discussing for the past weeks/months.

Have Fun!!!!
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GO LAKERS!!!!!! ONE, TWO, THREE-PEAT SQUARED!!!!!!

Jordan Farmar,

Thank you for your time with the Lakers. You waited out Smush just to find out you were going to be backing up Derek Fisher. You took it with class and performed like a true professional.

You should have fun playing for the Nets. They're an up and coming squad with an owner who seems willing to go for broke to get a Chip.

Enjoy Brooklyn!

Marc B(with a c) On behalf of of a grateful Laker Nation we honor you sir! No one wanted to do it, but someone had to do it, And you, yes YOU, took it upon yourself to do the research that will let us now all look like little geniuses when we discuss Free Agents. For that and all that you do Marc B(with a C)
we Present the OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR award encrusted with the NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT Chevron. KUDOS Sir! SO SAY WE ALL!!

Sounds like a lateral career move for Farmar...he still will be coming off the bench. What's the point? I could see him going to another team to start, but this move is not a upward one. I find it interesting that this is the first inkling of another team being inteested in Farm. Meanwhile, too old and too slow Fish is being flown across country in private jets to hear offers.

Doesn't NJ still have Devean Harris? Unless Harris is going to become a 2-Guard, Jordan's going to again be playing limited minutes and no chance to step up his game.

Too bad. We're both Alumni of Taft High & UCLA. And thus, although he didn't make a good fit for the Lakers and the Triangle, I do believe that in Avery Johnson's system he'll be able to shine if he gets the minutes.

Through All of His Mistakes, He Did Provide Some Timely Shots & D in Both Our Championship Runs.

Good Luck Jordan!!!!!!

I'll Be Cheering You On When You're NOT Playing Against the Lakers!
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GO LAKERS!!!!!! ONE, TWO, THREE-PEAT SQUARED!!!!!!

Jordan Farmar go with our best wishes. You did your time and now it's time for you to cash in. Someday your path and the lakers may cross again. So go get them Jordan and show them what a two time Laker title winner can do. All the best my brother!
Mamba24

Sure will be interesting in NJ for JF. We'll see what we missed out on or they messed up with, ha, ha.

Sasha for Miller anyone? Just asking.

Wow I mean wow.

Jordan Farmar goes with a huge ego about "I'm starting next season" and says thanks for the Lakers letting him go as an unrestricted free agent (so teams won't be scared Lakers might match offers if he was restricted) and then goes to 1) A place where he won't be a starter since Devin Harris is on the team (though if Harris gets traded he might then) and 2) The team that struck out on all the top 8 free agents (James/Wade/Bosh/Stoudemire/Nowitzki/Boozer/Johnson/Lee) and will be stuck in lottery land for the next few years.

Hopes Jordy loves losing. Hell not only will he not be a starter to add to the insult Jordan Farmar had when all this "I'm going to be a starter" talk, he'll be getting grilled from Avery Johnson big time.

Todd, here's a ticket to Newark to cover the best PG in the league Jordan Farmar. Also subscribe to the Yes! Network to see him as well being a back up to an All-Star.

And btw MM it's confirmed by Ric Bucher

http://twitter.com/ESPNEWS/status/18310201431

Wonder if we'll sign D. Williams in a couple years? Feel sorry for him in Utah! Wow, how bad will they be now?

What a waste Steve Nash is gonna be in Sunland! Too bad we can't get him.

Wonder if we'll sign D. Williams in a couple years? Feel sorry for him in Utah! Wow, how bad will they be now? Posted by: D(erek)J(eter) | July 11, 2010 at 05:14 PM

I wouldn't sell Jerry Sloan short just yet DJ. No matter what kind of team the guy has he does one thing, win! He might not make it all the way, but he is one coach who manages to do more with less than just about any coach I know. I like the guy, I wish he could have snuck in and got a ring during the Lakers hiatus from the finals.
Mamba24

@KB Blitz "...if Harris gets traded he might [start]... and 2) The team that struck out on all the top 8 free agents..."

Between NJ's cap space, future picks & Devean Harris as a strong trading chip, it's not impossible for NJ to make a significant trade move. Jordan could very well end up starting.

Not saying that they'll be anywhere near a contender the next couple of years, but their new owner is shooting for making a championship run in 5 years.

Now, in 5 years I'd like to see NJ in the Finals. Ready to be swept by the Lakers, of course... And Kobe Going for His 10th Ring While Princess Jimmy's Fishin' in South Beach!!!!!!
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GO LAKERS!!!!!! ONE, TWO, THREE-PEAT SQUARED!!!!!!

Good luck there, Jordan. And thx for your bball.

i dont know what happens on the bussiness part of it but we love you here in la thanks jordan we will miss you!

RE Farmar- something to keep in mind; He wasn’t trying to get more money than the Lakers offered him, the Lakers didn’t offer him anything, they didn’t want him to come back. They wanted Steve Blake, and they got him.

Mutually amicable split, both sides better off, no recriminations needed.

hahaha what a dumb ass he went from playing on a back2back NBA CHAMP team to a 12 win team and the funniest thing is he still a back-up.Good luck jus like byron scott u should've waited an the perfect job would've fell in your lap.

you misspelled extend and qualifying in this article.

Hey Jordan, why don't you give Trevor a call and see how leaving LA worked out for him.

Jordon, you can do better than signing with the Nets. Stay with the Lakers. In the long run, it'll pay off big time.

I think the Nets will probably be making a big trade that involves Devin. And FYI Nets did not strike out on 8 FAs only two Wade/Lebron or Lebron/Bosh was the plan the others were on lower plans if they couldn't sign the top two. They were hesitant to sign any of the max PFs since they just drafted the 18yo Favors with the third pick I hope the Nets. Good luck Lakers I hope you wipe the floor with that allstar team Miami Heat...Cheaters! :P

Pat Riley, now Miami's coach, knows the value of Derek Fisher to a team, which is why he wanted to offer him a spot in his Heat team. He is the only one who could calm down Kobe Bryant when things don't go well on and off the court. As Kobe would say, Derek has the knack for saying the right words in any situation. He earned Kobe's respect when they started together 14 years ago as Laker rookies, standing his ground when Kobe wanted to impose his will during practices. More important, he has proven, time and time again, that he can deliver during pressure situations, knocking two successive 3-pointers during the final minutes against the Orlando Magic, and in this year's classic seven-game series vs. the Boston Celtics. He stands out in team meetings. Fisher's value to the Lakers team is incalculable. If he leaves, the Lakers will find it difficult to repeat. If Miami gets him, he might be the final piece to get Lebron James his first ring.

Well, for one thing, Harris misses 15 to 20 games a year with injuries, unlike Fisher. So at least Jordan would get a chance to showcase his talent sometimes.

NBA.com ranks all of the rookies on what they call a Rookie Ladder, based on how they're playing in Summer League.

Right now, Ebanks and Caracter are ranked #1 and #3.

Also, consider this:

Devin Harris shot 40% last season, and 28% on 3-pointers. So I wouldn't say he's a lock to keep the starting spot.

And of course, Jordan could play some minutes at SG as well.

The Suns ought to release him - nash - so he can ball with miami... not... let 'em go so he can win a ring in l.a. before he retires... c'mon phoenix... have a heart.

Wonder if we'll sign D. Williams in a couple years? Feel sorry for him in Utah! Wow, how bad will they be now? Posted by: D(erek)J(eter) | July 11, 2010 at 05:14 PM

I wouldn't sell Jerry Sloan short just yet DJ. No matter what kind of team the guy has he does one thing, win! He might not make it all the way, but he is one coach who manages to do more with less than just about any coach I know. I like the guy, I wish he could have snuck in and got a ring during the Lakers hiatus from the finals.
Mamba24

Posted by: Mamba24 | July 11, 2010 at 05:20 PM

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Crazy that Jerry Sloan has never won a COY...

Best of luck to Jordy...too bad he just couldn't fit in the Lakers system...

But Jordan, I thought you wanted a starting job...Going to Nets means more money but same bench role...

So enjoy the money, and your welcome from the Lakers, for your 2 rings...

Jordan Farmar has probably made the biggest mistake of his career. Derek Fisher left and came back - of course there was his daughter's illness, but he wanted back in LA badly because once you are a Laker, everything else pales in comparison. Just ask Shaq. Jordan's line "my skills don't match with the triangle" is the biggest pile of horse manure I've heard in a long time. All players' skills fit the triangle, but not all egos. He doesn't like PJ because Phil Jackson holds him accountable and demands he play team ball. Jordan thinks he can run an offense and be a primary or at least the secondary offensive threat. What a joke. He's got above average speed but he makes horrible decisions with the ball way too often, and his physical skills which usually save him now are going to betray him much sooner than he thinks. Jordan has made the classic mistake the vast majority of young players make when success comes early and easily. He's got 2 championships and believes his agent when his agent says "You can start in this league! Let's go get you more money and a starting job somewhere else." How pathetic most agents are. But really it's Jordan's fault because he doesn't appreciate what he has. That's why I say to Jordan, "Have fun trying to get to the playoffs next season while riding the pine."

yo my negros, Jordan and Brown were not assests to this team. I feel fisher made the big plays and the machine. When the game was not close then farmar and brown showed themselves and played good. I aint payin 4 million a year to have a shitty ass player play good when we winnig by 20. You make ur money during pressure situations.


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