Jordan Farmar will sign, and excel, with New Jersey Nets
Former Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Farmar has agreed to a three-year, $12-million deal with the New Jersey Nets, his agent, Arn Tellem, confirmed to ESPN The Magazine’s Ric Bucher on Sunday night.
"Jordan will be an excellent complement to Devin Harris in the backcourt," Nets president Rod Thorn said in a statement released by the team. "He comes to the Nets with championship pedigree, which will prove to be invaluable to his teammates."
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: He still has upside.
Many have written Jordan Farmar off as a journeyman guard because he had mostly mixed results during his four seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers.
This would be a mistake.
Farmar is just 23 years old. In New Jersey, he’ll get consistent minutes behind and next to Devin Harris. In New Jersey, he’ll get be tutored by demanding Coach Avery Johnson, a championship winning point guard with the San Antonio Spurs.
This will help the former UCLA star maximize his considerable skill-set. For instance, Farmar is one of the NBA`s fastest players, and Johnson will teach him to better use his quicks to control tempo.
The Nets – even though, they struck out on the summer’s top free agents – are having a solid summer. They’ve signed many young free agents to cost effective contracts.
For instance, Travis Outlaw – a talented, versatile player – inked a five year, $35 million pact; Johan Petro is an ideal back-up to budding star Brook Lopez, especially at $3 million per year; and Farmar, who will likely develop into a top reserve table-setter, will earn a reasonable $4 million per annum.
Farmar has upside. And so do the Nets.
– Oly Sandor.
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