Amidst all of the hype surrounding Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James, the Los Angeles Clippers made a minor move to acquire Los Angeles Lakers point guard Jordan Farmar. The Clippers were in need of a backup point guard when Darren Collison decided to leave town, signing with the Sacramento Kings earlier this week.
Los Angeles has expressed interest in Farmar throughout the entire week of free agency, so a deal was inevitable due to the Lakers’ desire to wait until after Anthony made his free agency decision.
Last season, Farmar excelled in his limited time on the floor under head coach Mike D’Antoni. He proved to be a dangerous outside threat, shooting a remarkable 44 percent from 3-point range, including a career-high in which he netted an impressive eight 3-pointers. In addition to his veteran wisdom, Farmar also brought championship experience to a very young roster that appeared to be lost for the majority of the season.
So why was it the right decision not to bring Farmar back on such a miniscule two-year, $4.2 million deal? Well, re-signing a point guard who is no more than a role player is simply not the team’s priority at the moment.
Bringing back Farmar would not boost the Lakers into championship contention, nor would it have any effect on the team at all. The Lakers must swing for the fences at this point in time, and even if they do not strike a deal with Anthony, at least fans know that they tried.
Leaving millions of guaranteed dollars on the table in Turkey to return to the Lakers was a truly loyal move, but unfortunately the harsh reality is that Farmar is nothing more than an injury-prone point guard. Past feelings and events cannot get in the way of what is in the best interest of the franchise as a whole.
Until every single one of the marquee free agents are locked up, don’t expect the Lakers to bring back any players from last season’s roster, no matter how good or bad they may have been.