Out goes one former UCLA point guard, in comes another.
The Clippers said their top priority this off-season was re-signing Darren Collison, but he bolted for a bigger opportunity (and likely a little more money) in Sacramento.
With one former Bruin out the Clippers are turning to another former Bruin and Los Angeles standout to take over the role behind Chris Paul — Jordan Farmar. Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times broke this.
Farmar played in 41 games for the Lakers last season, averaging 10.1 points and 4.9 assists a game, looking fairly comfortable in Mike D’Antoni’s offense, and shooting 43.8 percent from three. At least when healthy, he battled through a torn left hamstring and a strained right groin (both injuries healed). Farmar has always preferred a more uptempo game but can be a solid game manager, and he should have plenty of fire power around him on the Clippers bench (whether or not they trade Jamal Crawford).
Farmar is a bit of a step down from Collison but not a huge one, and so long as Chris Paul stays healthy it shouldn’t matter much. If not… the Clippers could be shopping again.