Days after Darren Collison bolted to the Sacramento Kings, the Los Angeles Clippers have found their backup point guard.
Per Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times, the Clippers and former Lakers point guard in Jordan Farmar have agreed to a two-year deal.
The Clippers and free-agent guard Jordan Farmar agree to deal, sources, likely for biannual of 2 years, $4.2 million
— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) July 6, 2014
“The Clippers were the first people to call. They came the hardest,” said Farmar in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.
By using the bi-annual exception, Farmar will make $2.077 million in the first year of the deal and $2.170 million with a player option at his disposal in year two.
With the Lakers salary in limbo as they wait for bigger fish in free agency, the Clippers found themselves able to swoop in and sign Farmar for less than what he could fetch on the market.
“At the end of the day it wasn’t in the cards for me,” said Farmar on a possible return to the Lakers. “They didn’t want to make it happen.”
“The situation is great for me. I’m still in L.A., representing Los Angeles and playing in front of my friends and family.”
After taking a year off to play overseas, Farmar returned to the NBA averaging 10.1 points (43% from three), 2.5 rebounds, and 4.9 assists per game as a member of the Lakers. Unfortunately, Farmar missed nearly half the season with a torn hamstring in his left leg.
In a vaccuum, Farmar and Collison are similar players. But at the price Collison was signed for (3-years, $16 million), Farmar is of better value to the Clippers. Like Collison, he’ll be able to man the second unit, and in a high-paced offense, Farmar will be able to take advantage of the situation.
With Collison signed, the Clippers now have little wiggle room to improve the roster via free agency.
Nice value for Farmar, but Clippers now at about $79M in salary while hard capped at $81M. Barring further moves, can afford 2 min salaries.
— Kevin Pelton (@kpelton) July 6, 2014
The sign-and-trade option is available to the Clippers as well as the Eric Bledsoe trade exception which would allow the Clippers to swallow any contract worth less than $2.626 million.