Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 at 10:30 am  |  79 responses

Jordan Farmar Wants Out of L.A.

Farmar made it pretty clear yesterday that he’s tired of playing a supporting role, as the OC Register reports: “It’s no surprise that Jordan Farmar wants to play more and play in a more traditional point-guard system. ‘I need to establish myself as somebody who can lead a team,’ Farmar said Tuesday. So it’s obvious that Farmar will be looking for a new job when he becomes a restricted free agent July 1 and can negotiate with other teams. The Lakers can match any offer Farmar receives but aren’t inclined to add to their payroll, which lessens chances Farmar will be back or even be used in a sign-and-trade swap. Derek Fisher, Shannon Brown and Farmar are all in line to be free agents, and Farmar said Fisher is ‘probably the front-runner to come back here and play.’ Farmar said getting to mimic the work of Russell Westbrook, Deron Williams, Steve Nash and Rajon Rondo through the Lakers’ postseason in practices running the scout team reminded him of how familiar it was to be in a one-guard front where he could dominate the ball. That is not the triangle offense.”

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    kinda dumb leaving a championship team but if he wants to be a front-runner, let him do his thing

  • hembergler

    But does anyone really want Farmar… !?

  • Yesse

    Farmar is being a little bit greedy. Sure, he should get playing time more, but i doubt he should start.

  • AL29

    Sounds like someone has caught the Trevor Ariza syndrome.

  • The Philosopher

    He’s got rings. One can’t blame him for wanting to comfortably spread his wings. He is in his prime years. On an up and coming team, he should be fine.

  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre

    Well, if teams want to take a punt at a young ‘tweener’ guard with plenty of playoff experience then they could do ALOT worse… I just don’t see him blossoming into a premier PG in the truest sense. But hey…. PROVE ME WRONG FARMAR! I’m all for it.

  • smooth operator

    he dominated at pg in college and now he has two rings and he learned from the best i wouldnt blame him for leaving and trying to be a leader and a starter for a team

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Farmar is pulling a Ariza, now Ariza is not even seen as the best player on his team with K Martin. Farmer should stay and be a role player for a while, but Farmer needs to talk to Ariza, because getting more playing time, averaging more points and assits are good, but if your team sucks or can’t make the playoffs then you will be more miserable. LET HIM LEAVE, I like Brown better, but Lakers need to trade for Darren Collison or Kirk Hinrich. Those are my dream point guards to back up Fisher for the next two year.

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Old School Baller

    Watch what you wish for … you just might get it.

  • http://www.pablasso.com pablasso

    I like the guy, but i don’t even see him as an above average starter

  • young maury

    To the seed: you act like the rockets were trash if they was in the east they’d been a 4 or 5th seed they was above .500

  • henry

    i know im not the only one that thinks farmer is overrated. i just see him as an average player. he has terrible decision making skills… i dont see him starting anywhere.

  • J.C.

    few years down the track when the little wingnut is mired in the lottery (only place he’d realistically be a starter or play massive minutes) he’s going to wish he was back playing for a winner.

  • jumpman3224

    I like Brown a lot, but I don’t know if I like him as the primary back up point guard. If Farmar leaves, I believe they will retain DFish look to acquire another backup point guard ie Ridnour

  • drew

    i think if Farmar goes to the right team, he can start and have a healthy career. but only if he goes to the RIGHT team. Indiana or maybe Sacremento come to mind.

  • http://dfsjklfl.com Jukai

    I mean, why not? It’s true, Farmar is more of a fast-break, driving on iso point guard who isn’t really as valuable in the triangle. Let him go, and try to find someone who is better as a tempo-controller, spot-up shooter… Someone mentioned Ridnour, that’s a great call.

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    Pacers are looking for a point guard but it is doubtful that Larry Legend would want Farmar running the show. He’s a subpar backup for life.

  • Kap

    So he wants to leave one of the coolest cities in US and a championship team and he could make the most money in LA just to play run & gun basketball. Makes no sense to me but I’m not in his situation so I can’t judge the guy. Good luck wherever he goes…

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    Also with rhe reports of the Lakers shopping around for a backup point guard (Ridnour, Blake, Watson) it is no surprise that he wants out.

  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre

    Realistically, which team out there would look at Jordan Farmar as an ‘upgrade’ from their current pg rotation??? No one comes to mind…. I’d rather take a 43 year old Jason Kidd or a healthy Mo Williams even?!

  • KB24

    I hope the Lakers resign Fisher(Fisher would be backup) & Shannon Brown(Combo guard) & Sign or trade for 1 of these Point Guards to start:
    1.Kirk Hinrich
    2.Luke Ridnour
    3.Darren Collison
    4.Earl Watson
    5.Steve Blake

  • Kap

    Watson is a horrible shooter and overrated defender…I would be pissed if the lakers replaced Farmar with Watson. Ridnour is the best choice bc of his decision making ability and ability to shoot off dribble and make open shots.

  • T-Money

    Can he live? It’s important to win (and he has done that) but it’s also important to enjoy your work. Farmar has clearly been frustrated and miserable this year. Also, better production on another team will mean more money in his pocket. That counts. Ariza would have never been more than a MLE kinda guy in LA, in Houston he at least has a CHANCE to be a 10-mil dude. / IMO Jordan Farmar is kinda garbage and, quite frankly, I’m having a hard time figuring out an NBA team where he would start at the 1. But hey, let him spread his wings.

  • Javy

    Here we go again with the I-deserve attitude.
    Last time I checked, you prove you deserve better by playing like it on the court.
    how many times Rondo burned your a****ss!
    Let’s check: 3-point shooter…..ummmmm
    Defender: heck no.
    Playmaker: ……ummmm
    Take care Farmar, nice having you in LA!

  • rainman10

    People say they can’t see him being a starter on a good team. But with time, can’t you see him ending up better than Derek Fisher? Some very good teams have just decent point guards starting. Imagine the long shot scenario of Lebron and Bosh/Amare going to the Knicks. Could Farmar be a starter in that lineup? You don’t think he can overtake Mario Chalmers in Miami? If he is as good as he thinks he is, Indiana is looking for a point.

  • KB24

    The Lakers are interested in Raja Bell, YES!!!, the Lakers are getting tougher & tougher

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance

    @rainman10 I don’t think its about him being a starter, he doesn’t like playing in the triangle. he wants to run a team in the traditional set up the offense type of way. Not the triangle where you just bring the ball up and spot up in a corner.

  • KB24

    3.Point Guards to go after: RIDNOUR,RIDNOUR,RIDNOUR
    4.Big Men to go after for Veteran’s Minimum: Drew Gooden,Kurt Thomas,Juwan Howard,Tim Thomas
    5.Sign Josh Powell in addition to one of those Big Men
    6.If Brown opts. out: REPLACE HIM WITH RAJA BELL, & if he doesn’t, STILL TRY TO GET RAJA BELL

  • http://slamonline BossTerry


  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    Farmar wants to play – I get that. Why would he want to ride the pine and be underutilized? Yes it’s leaving his hometown and a championship team. But, if you’re a baller, you want to play and showcase your talents. It’s hard to determine how good he is at this point in his career considering the system that he’s been playing in. He was a beast in college where he ran a traditional pg role, there is no reason to think he couldn’t be an effective on another NBA team. Not sure if he’ll be an all-star or a top pg, but not out of the question.

  • peter

    Farmar will quickly realize these championship runs don’t come around every day. He should ride this team as long as he can and then go for himself.

  • Javy

    @KB24: I totally agree. Raja Bell, that I like.
    Imagine Artest, Bell, Kobe to guard any player at any time.
    We can go against 3 Pierce’s at once.
    That will be awesome considering we have Bynum to guard the paint.
    Damn….this is getting sweeter and sweeter.
    Honestly, I don’t even see Lebron winning championship next year.
    Thanks Celtic’s for teaching us how to play tough and don’t panic in crunch time.
    Welcome Raja!!!

  • KB24

    My wish for Lakers roster next year:
    PG:Luke Ridnour
    SG:Kobe Bryant
    SF:Ron Artest
    PF:Pau Gasol
    C:Andrew Bynum
    PG:Derek Fisher
    SG:Shannon Brown/Sasha Vujacic
    PF:Josh Powell
    C:Kurt Thomas

  • http://kb24.com DreXnaW21

    Farmar went to Taft High School and then UCLA for college, and then he becomes part of Lakers????? That’s not a smart move in my opinion. :(

  • unrel

    farmar is good.. not great.. but good.. he wants to go play.. it’s not about a contract, so don’t compare him to ariza.. kid wants to go out and play.. let him have a chance with another team or another system.. he’s been a great teammate holding his belly thoughout the 3 finals appearances.. and pushing fisher in practice.. he has a great chance to be solid.. who can honestly say that Aaron Brooks was going to do what he’s been doing before he exposed the lakers last year?

  • LA Huey

    He’s already lived his dream as a one born and raised in LA. I think he’s a solid backup guard and he wasn’t getting those minutes in Phil’s rotation. He wants to find out how good an NBA player he can be and I don’t blame them.

  • Fat Lever

    The Disease of More that Bill Russell was talking about is in full effect here. Doubt Farmar is capable of leading a team from the PG position. What leadership qualities did he demonstrate in LA? At best he should be the first guard off your bench, if you are a serious contender.

  • chingy

    Calderon in LA sounds better than Ridnour

  • dsleepy

    honestly i don’t see the bulls letting hinrich go, or the hornets giving up collison (esp with the cp3 trade rumors as of late). only real option here is ridnour, whom the bucks might be willing to part with with the rise of brandon jennings and the trade for cdr

  • AT33

    How retarded some of you suggesting DFish should come off the bench..!!! DFish is plain and simple a key player on that team. If they lose him they’d have a hard time replacing him, for that triangle system he is just perfect. The guy is clutch.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2010/06/phil-jacksons-daughter-i-think-hes-done-now/ Mike

    Fisher will start till he retires he may not play alot in the regular season but he is a huge part in the playoffs

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    co-sign everyone that says farmar is trash. co-sign jordan farmar for wanting to leave.

  • Robb

    Well if you don’t wanna win championships and you wanna be a starter with a second tier team I guess it’s ok. Good luck Jordy,

  • http://www.myspace.com/royaltyoftommorow Tommy

    Farmar is a good pg. In a more traditional point guard system, he would definitely blossom. He has speed, quickness, athleticism and is an above average shooter from deep. Struggles against bigger PGs but who doesnt get served by Deron Williams and Derrick Rose? The Rockets are going to be top 5 next year. With a healthy Yao and all those complimentary players. Watch out now

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ The Promise

    What it boils down to is, I don’t think Farmar wants to be a starting point guard as much as he wants starting point guard money. It’s a buisness, and he’s accomplished a lot in his early career, 2 rings already, now he wants to secure his financial future. If I were him, I’d go to a rebuilding team that needs a point guard(76ers, Kings, Pacers, perhaps?) and see if he is as good as he thinks he is. I really don’t know if he’s starting point guard material, he hasn’t proven it, since he hasn’t started a game to my knowledge. I don’t blame the guy for wanting to be his own man though. Good luck.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ The Promise

    Scratch the Kings, forgot about Tyreke. Lol.

  • http://www.myspace.com/royaltyoftommorow Tommy

    the 76ers and Kings are definitely two teams he would want to stay away from. Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans are younger, bigger and have a higher ceiling. He’s going to have suitors, but they would be silly to over pay him.

  • data187

    farmar can go to the knicks. he’s an improvement over duhon

  • KB

    whats wrong wit wanting to see how good you are. he got 2 rings so now he should try and see how he fairs as a starter. and the rockets will be in the playoffs this year and ariza will be a important reason why. i think he did the right thing. A.brooks, k.martin, ariza, j.hill could turn out to be good, and healthy yao ming. sacramento would be a good fit 4 farmar

  • Kap

    Tyreke Evans is not a PG, he is a SG that must play with a shooter @ the PG position to create more space for himself

  • http://dfsjklfl.com Jukai

    I hated that “Disease of More” crap. The Celtics replaced all their guys constantly throughout the year, there was very little loyalty. Russell was getting paid a ridiculous sum of money and it made the team quite angry. F that garbage.
    Sorry, had to vent there.
    Farmar SHOULD leave. Really. He’s got two championships and a great resume, so why stay if he’s only going to be a second stringer?
    And c’mon, use your head: Charlotte, New Jersey, New York, Indiana, Memphis, and Miami all could use him for well over 25 minutes a game. Let him go out and make a name for himself.

  • http://slamonline.com Spaceship Jay

    ^^ The same way Ariza did.

  • hazypurple21

    spread your ears, Farmar! spread your ears and fly!

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/Uncle05Sam Earl

    Stupid! Play good minutes for a PERENNIAL CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENDER or be “The Man” on a crappy team (ala Trevor Ariza, could have been 2-time Champion.) Greedy idiots!

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Hes a scrub backup pg, thats it

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Y’all are taking this mighty personally.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Besides, everybody keeps bringing up Trevor Ariza.
    I see your Trevor Ariza and raise you Joe Johnson.
    He also left a consistent championship contender to go be “The Man” on a sorry team.
    How has that worked out for him career-wise and money-wise?
    I’d say pretty damn well.

  • rashado

    hazypurple21 wins the best comment of the thread award.

    also who can blame farmar for wanting to leave? his career arc is just unusual in that he’s won early, now he needs a chance to make money and play more minutes. can you imagine winning two rings but knowing that you a) didn’t contribute a whole lot to those championships b) won’t have a chance to play meaningful minutes any time soon. him wanting to leave is a mutual feeling…the lakers definitely don’t want him back.

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    Tarzan/Earl: He’s a scrub backup that has two rings and now wants some real playing time and contribute more. What’s wrong with that? If you’re on a championship contender but not able to make the kinds of contributions you can, why not leave and go somewhere where you can blossom. Ballers want to ball, that’s simple. Winning is great, but how satisfying can it really be when you were just kind of there. If he becomes the man somewhere then good for him, if not, at least he wasn’t affraid to leave the nest and go out there and try to make it on his own merits.

  • http://slamonline.com Spaceship Jay

    Allenp; I respect your arguement, but it was obvious from the jump that Joe Johnson could create offense for himself which is one of the primary attributes for one looking to “spread his wings”. Ariza’s (whoever GASSED him to go to Houston) should be unemployed by now, and Farmar needs to awaken and punch whoever is gassing him right now squarely in the facial area. You seen Farmar on a fast break with options? Exactly.

  • http://slamonline.com Spaceship Jay

    Don’t Horrace Grant/BJ Armstrong it up, son.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Cant shoot particularly well, cant pass well, cant defend well. His only advantage is good athleticism for a pg, but being undersized negates that most of the time. And who would want him? What team doesnt already have a starting pg better than him? Knicks def, indy and mem maybe. Thats it

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    And mia, arroyo and chalmers are fairly even compared to farmar. In fact, quite a few teams have two pgs better than dude, spurs, rockets, bobcats, blazers, bulls, pistons, wizards

  • zop

    they should sign shaq so that bynum will be taught by the Big Insert Name Here

  • Jose

    googd luck to him, he is good enough to be a starter, lets see how good of a starter he can be now

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    The disease of more.

  • james

    farmar isnt pullin an ariza….ariza wanted more money which is alson a damn shame. farmar is pullin a bj armstrong. and we all know how that worked out for bj

  • Shemy

    He was flat out ridiculous in college. Every time he gets on the floor he shows so much potential and LA will regret letting him go. Let’s face it Fisher ain’t gonna be around that much longer, Brown is very exciting but truthfully he can’t be a starting PG on a championship team. I say sign and trade to Toronto for Calderon. They get a passive guard in return and he can be a starting PG for my RAPS! I hope Colangelo jumps into the mix

  • Shemy

    I’m reading the comments up above and why isn’t anyone saying Toronto? Farmar can be an 82 game starter with Jack off the bench.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    “I told yall muthafu*kers!”

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    @^ james – man, BJ was taken in the expansion draft by Charlotte wasn’t he?

  • andrea

    farmar is a sick player i don’t think he should leave he has gotten way better.
    he helps the bench out alot and so what if your not a started you can still be amazing. i will be super sad if he leaves

  • Ronald

    @Kap: Co-sign what you said abt Earl Watson. The guy is a freaking ball-hog despite his high assist numbers. He’s in it for the stats.

  • big balla

    den would like someone like him as a last min shop…right now they need bosh or amare after kmarts huge contract

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Whats retarded about this is every other player who hasnt won rings is trying to get to a situation like his, smaller role, but much bigger wins.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    He is at best the 37th best pg in the league. He might be better than chalmers, conley, bibby, blake, and ridnour. Here are all the pgs better than farmar, ahem: dre miller, reke, udrih, curry, baron, nash, dragic, deron, chauncey, lawson, westbrook, flynn, paul, collison, brooks, lowry, kidd, beabois, parker, hill, rose, hinrich, jennings, mo williams, stuck, bynum, calderon, harris, holiday, lou williams, rondo, nate, arenas, wall, felton, nelson

  • k.a.

    this is his living. cant blame him for wanting to cash in. dont hate the player, hate the game.

  • MillionaireCafeLA

    lakers are in search to nurture a new starting point guard, someone to step in now with Fish.
    -thats the model in play.

    As for Famar/ Brown, they must adjust and improve how ever they can, wherever they can.

    At the end of the day its “Glen Gary, Glen Ross.”

  • http://netzero.com donlaker

    blake is a better pt guard than farmer he can feed the ball to bigs and plays smart defense