When the Los Angeles Clippers agreed to a sign-and-trade that sent Eric Bledsoe out of town prior to the 2013-14 NBA season, they knew they had to get a quality point guard to back up Chris Paul. They landed on the ever inconsistent Darren Collison, who performed quite well with the Clips. However, now that Collison has signed elsewhere as a free agent, the Clippers need to land a free agent point guard of their own.
The point guard pool in free agency this summer isn’t exceptionally deep to begin with. On top of that, the Clippers more than likely don’t want to break their bank on a backup point guard. With all of these factors playing into the organizations’ ploy in free agency right now, they seem to have targeted the player they want: Jordan Farmar.
Multiple teams around the league have expressed interest in Farmar throughout the beginning of this free agency period, the Clippers obviously being one of them. According to a report from Marc J. Spears of Yahoo!, though, the Clippers seem to have the best shot at landing the 27-year-old point guard, emerging as the favorites in the bidding.
Farmar played in just 41 games for the struggling Los Angeles Lakers last season and was a part of their massive injury woes. When he was on the floor, though, he made a decisive impact as he averaged 10.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.5 rebounds and 0.9 steals in 22.2 minutes per game while also shooting a solid 41.5 percent from the floor and a stellar 43.8 percent from distance.
Though he may not be the electric athlete that Bledsoe or even Collison was, Farmar offers a great deal of value to the Clippers if he were to assume the role as their backup point guard. His ability to affect the game in a variety of ways offensively make him a weapon that L.A. could bring off the bench.
Spears clarified in his report that no deal had been reached between the two parties and that still is the case right now. However, given the Clippers’ now pressing need to fill the void left by Collison and with Farmar being one of the best values on the open market, it’d be a surprise if Farmar wasn’t set to join the Clippers in the very near future.