In news that caught many Lakers fans by surprise, point guard Jordan Farmar signed with the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday. The two-year deal will be worth just over $4 million dollars.
Farmar returned to Los Angeles last year, turning down a large chunk of money from his Turkish team at the time. In his return, Farmar battled through injuries, but was one of the best Lakers on the court. His 10.1 points nearly matched his career high, but his 4.9 assists an outing did set a new career high-mark.
Unwilling to wait on the Lakers to find a coach and a new roster, Farmar decided to jump across the hall to a more stable situation. He spoke with Dave McMenamin of ESPN LA:
“They didn’t want to commit to me,” Farmar told ESPNLosAngeles.com during a phone interview Sunday. “I understood the situation with them, what was going on and would I be willing to wait. What am I waiting for? There was no real definitive answer. It was, ‘Yeah, we like you, we’d love to have you here,’ but I didn’t know what I was waiting for. You don’t know who the coach is. You don’t know who I am going to be playing with. They made no commitment to me on that part.”
This marks another Laker off the list of those who may return, with Jodie Meeks and Chris Kaman having already signed elsewhere. However, neither were as big of fan favorites as Farmar and neither provided quite the shock the Farmar signing did.
Farmar posted this to his Instagram late Sunday evening:
Lakers fans, let us know down below what your favorite Jordan Farmar moment was last season.