The Los Angeles Clippers were unable to re-sign Darren Collison as the point guard became an unrestricted free agent this summer. Subsequently, the Clippers were left looking ahead to the 2014-15 NBA season without a backup point guard on their roster. They didn’t waste much time at all in finding a replacement as they targeted and now have signed Jordan Farmar.
According to Brad Turner of the LA Times, the Clippers and Farmar have agreed to a two-year contract that will give the 27-year-old $4.2 million over that span. The Clippers were able to land Farmar using the biannual exception, a wrinkle in the CBA similar to other exceptions with the caveat that it cannot be used by a team in consecutive seasons.
Collison was more than adequate for the Clippers who signed the young guard to replace Eric Bledsoe last summer. For L.A., Collison played in 80 games and put up 11.4 points, 3.7 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game while shooting 46.7 percent from the floor and 37.6 percent from three on the year. Despite what Collison provided, though, Farmar may be an upgrade coming off the bench at the point guard position.
Farmar is coming off of an injury-riddled season with the Los Angeles Lakers where he put up 10.1 points, 4.9 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game while shooting 43.8 percent from three in 41 games. Though he had his issues staying on the floor, he provides a bit more versatility as an offensive player in his role with the Clippers and could provide them with another backcourt weapon.
While the addition of Farmar alone could improve the Clips a bit, he could also serve as a solid insurance policy considering the possible departure of sixth man Jamal Crawford. Crawford’s name has been used in sign-and-trade discussions lately and there’s a possibility—even if it’s only slight—that he could be elsewhere next season. Farmar could slip into that role and be a spark for the Clippers offensively as a reserve.
The Clippers are clearly looking to get better and move beyond just being a solid playoff team this year. They’ve addressed their biggest issue by giving their frontcourt solid depth in Spencer Hawes and now have another solid backcourt player to play behind Chris Paul. They were always going to be a threat, but now it seems they’ll be even more of a danger as a result of their free agency ploys.