The honeymoon period in Los Angeles didnt last long.
With Darren Collison signing a 3-year deal worth $16 million with the Sacramento Kings earlier today, the Clippers front office has quickly moved on, setting their sights to former Los Angeles Lakers point guard Jordan Farmar.
Clippers have become the front-runner to land Lakers free agent point guard Jordan Farmar, but nothing agreed to as of yet, sources said.
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 3, 2014
As well as Darren Collison played last season, it won’t be difficult for the Clippers to replace him. The point guard is the deepest position in the NBA and there are several on the market who could step in and fill Collison’s shoes immediately.
That’s where Jordan Farmar comes in.
Compared to Collison, Farmar is a better shooter, defender, rebounder, and scorer. Farmar even edged Collison in assist percentage (34.6 to 21.9) despite having more inferior teammates surrounding him. And in a system where Doc Rivers often places a second ball-handler alongside Chris Paul, Farmar would be able to slide into the role perfectly.
Unfortunately, when dealing with Farmar the caveat “when healthy” must be applied. Throughout his career, Farmar has dealt with issues ranging from a torn meniscus suffered in 2006, groin issues in 2012, and a torn left hamstring which was the driving force behind Farmar only participating in 43 games last season.
While Collison was signed by Sacramento on a deal that will pay him an average of $5.3 million per season, the Clippers may be able to acquire Farmar, the better player, for only a fraction of Collison’s base salary.
In his return to the NBA after taking a season off, Farmar averaged 10.1 points per game while shooting 43 percent from three.