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Monday , Jul , 12 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

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."

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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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Friday , Jul , 09 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: New Jersey Nets interested in Tyrus Thomas?

The Nets could sign restricted free-agent forward Tyrus Thomas to a significant, front-loaded offer sheet after swinging and missing on this summer's top free agents.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: After striking out on big-ticket free agents, the Nets have wisely avoided overpaying second-tier guys and instead targeted young, undervalued players.

For instance, they recently signed Travis Outlaw to a multi-year deal for a very fair $25 million. And word is their considering a run at restricted free agent Tyrus Thomas.

Thomas has the physical tools: athleticism, length, and skill. However, he’s still young, raw, and, frankly, a bit immature.

Enter Avery Johnson.

He is known as ‘The Little General’ for a reason. Johnson, a former Coach of the Year and champion-winning point guard with the Spurs, would be able to develop Thomas’ physical gifts, while also nurturing the mental side of things.

Thomas would also fit nicely with a developing core of Derrick Favours, Devin Harris, Courtney Lee, Brook Lopez, and Outlaw.

However, there’s a catch: Thomas is a restricted free agent. The Charlotte Bobcats can match any offer he receives.

Look for the Nets to front-load any offer they tender, which would make it harder for the thrifty and small market Bobcats to match.

Despite losing out on Chris Bosh, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade, New Jersey is having a solid and productive off-season.

-- Oly Sandor.


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