Tag: Jordan Farmar

Report: Knicks want to trade Pablo Prigioni for a second-round pick


Phil Jackson hasn’t exactly viewed Pablo Prigioni as a core piece, reportedly dangling the point guard to dump Wayne Ellington.

The Knicks traded Ellington to the Kings, and Prigioni began the season with New York.

But after falling from the Knicks’ rotation, Prigioni is even more expendable.

Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv:

Prigioni’s $1,734,572 2015-16 salary is just $290,000 guaranteed, but if the Knicks waive him this summer, they’d gain just $919,479 in cap room after the roster charge. If they trade him without taking salary in return, they’d gain $1,209,479  in cap room after the roster charge.

Considering Prigioni, despite being in just his third NBA season, is already 37, there’s probably not a spot for him on a rebuilding team.

But he’s still productive enough to help a contender. He passes and shoots well while limiting himself to only high-efficiency attempts. A knack for getting steals boosts otherwise lackluster defense.

The Cavaliers, reportedly in the market for a veteran point guard, could use him. They still have a second rounder left to deal — the lower of Chicago’s and Portland’s this year, though they likely won’t have another until 2020 — but matching salaries could be tricky. Perhaps, New York could do better, but the league is deep with point guards, and Jordan Farmar and Nate Robinson are free agents.

The Knicks’ focus should be on developing young players and maximizing 2015 cap room. Trading Prigioni for whatever draft pick they can get would help accomplish both.

Report: Cavs in the market for a veteran backup point guard

Cleveland Cavaliers v Los Angeles Clippers

The Cleveland Cavaliers have made two major trades since the start of the season, and they might have one more move to make. Buried in this week’s NBA power rankings, Yahoo’s Marc Spears drops this nugget on the Cavs:

Knowing they are a Kyrie Irving injury from more trouble, the Cavs are working to acquire a veteran point guard.

The good news is that, unlike when they were searching for a rim protector with limited options, there are plenty of veteran point guards who could come available. The recently waived Jordan Farmar and Nate Robinson are both options. The Kings would probably be willing to part with Ramon Sessions. Ditto the Magic and Luke Ridnour. None of those players would really move the needle all that much for Cleveland, but if they’re looking for another body to protect against an Irving injury, there are guys out there.

But, of course, Kyrie Irving getting hurt probably does end the Cavs’ title hopes, which are shaky as it is. With LeBron James and Kevin Love struggling to fit together, Irving’s perimeter scoring is a much needed weapon. Take that away, and things get even dicier than they already are. Hopefully the Cavs don’t have to find out.

Report: Cavaliers inquire about Jordan Farmar, who was recently waived by the Clippers

Philadelphia 76ers v Los Angeles Clippers

After a much slower than expected start to the season, the Cavaliers weren’t about to sit idly by without trying to improve player personnel in order to turn things around.

Doing so would have essentially been a slap in the face to LeBron James, and might have been perceived as willfully wasting his first season back in Cleveland, and one of the few he has left to play while still in his prime.

So, trades have been made — Dion Waiters is gone, and J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert have been added to the roster. In addition, the Cavs went out and got Timofey Mozgov in hopes of addressing their glaring need of legitimate frontcourt size, one that existed even before Anderson Varejao went down with a season-ending injury.

The roster stands at 14 players, and all that’s left is to add some additional depth at the point guard position. Kyrie Irving is playing at an All-Star level, but is averaging 38.2 minutes per game. It’s not surprising, then, that the recently-waived Jordan Farmar is someone who Cleveland is taking a long look at as a possible acquisition.

From Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com:

The Cleveland Cavaliers have inquired about recently-waived backup point guard Jordan Farmar, a league source told Northeast Ohio Media Group.

The dialogue was explained as a “feeling-out” process. Farmar, 28, was bought out of his contract with the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday. He clears waivers on Sunday. …

He’s very much still a quality backup. He also has ties with Cavaliers coach David Blatt, playing for Blatt in 2011 with Maccabi Tel Aviv.

The “quality backup” part remains to be seen; Farmar averaged just 4.6 points and 1.9 assists in 14.7 minutes per game for the Clippers this season, while appearing in 36 contests for them off the bench.

But Farmar says the parting of ways was mutual, after his role wasn’t clearly defined and he clashed a bit woth head coach Doc Rivers.

From Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times:

“It just ended up not being a great fit,” Farmar said. “We both decided it was better off that we part ways.” …

“I just never felt I had a real role,” Farmar said. “We talked in the offseason about what my job was going to be. The opportunity just wasn’t the same. It was never time for me to really ever get going and feel comfortable and feel like I had a place on the team.”

There wouldn’t be a ton of minutes available for Farmar in Cleveland initially, but he’d presumably have the opportunity to earn more as the season wears on. Cleveland, however, is expected to take its time in making this decision, and is looking at other candidates, as well, with Nate Robinson being the most prominent name that has surfaced at this stage of the process.

Austin Rivers makes history as first son to play for coach/father (Doc) in NBA

Austin Rivers

LOS ANGELES — With 2:24 remaining in the first quarter Friday night, for the first time ever an NBA player was called off the bench and took the court for his father’s team — Austin Rivers was just traded for and is now playing for his father Doc Rivers’ Los Angeles Clippers.

How is this going to change their father/son relationship?

“I think the biggest difference is now he has to listen to me,” Rivers joked before his Clippers took on the Cleveland Cavaliers Friday night. “From his perspective, he probably thinks every kid will listen to their parents if you pay them.”

The Clippers got Rivers as part of a mid-season shakeup of their bench. The Clippers paid a steep price moving Reggie Bullock, Chris Douglas-Roberts and a second round pick to bring in Rivers. The trade was not well reviewed by pundits (this one included) but Doc Rivers reiterated many times that he did this to make the team better.

“He fits our team,” Doc said.

What does the younger Rivers’ bring?

“For one defense,” Austin said before his first game with Los Angeles. “Being a physical guard, a bigger guard, just trying to be physical with players. Guarding the one or two spot, even the three depending on who.

“Offensively I can score the ball, and just play make. That’s something I think the team needs with that second unit — someone who can make plays scoring and setting up other guys. Just someone who can attack the basket and kick out to other shooters. When they said they needed that, that’s why I didn’t even hesitate, to do that for a team like this, I had to jump at this.”

The younger Rivers struggled in his debut, going 0-4 from the field with an ugly turnover.

From Doc’s perspective, art of the reason to do this also was a chemistry issue, there were concerns about the dynamic in the Clippers’ locker room and with bench players. This was seen as a way to improve it. While Jordan Farmar (who was waived Friday) may have gotten under the skin of teammates Austin came in talking about fitting in with his role, knowing he was not the star of this team but saying he would look for ways to help.

For the Clippers, trading for Austin and waiving Farmar is part of a likely series of moves as they have their eye on buyout guys like Nate Robinson and Tayshaun Prince.

“It gives us a lot of flexibility,” Rivers said. “Like last year — and we could be wrong with this — but we think this is going to be a big buyout season for a lot of guys, and we wanted to have flexibility.”

Doc and Austin seemed good with how this would pay out. They both said the person really in the middle was Doc’s wife and Austin’s mom Kristin.

“To be honest I never thought something like this would happen,” Austin said. “(Doc) called he up and asked, ‘is this something you’d be into because we need you?’ When I heard that I had to think, had to take a day to myself and think could this work?”

“First thing I did was call my mom, because she’s the one that’s got to deal with this, and she was a wreck the first night,” Austin said.

But he convinced her that he and his father, who have long had a basketball-centric relationship, could make this work.

Now Doc and Austin have to just make history and make this work.

Chris Douglas-Roberts denies there were locker room issues with the Clippers

Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Clippers

Chris Douglas-Roberts played well in Charlotte in the second half of last season, well enough to earn a roster spot with the Clippers this year.

An unfortunate Achilles injury has limited him, however, and he’s been unable to crack the rotation in Los Angeles, appearing sparingly in just 12 games as a reserve for the Clippers this season.

L.A. cut ties with CDR as part of the transaction that reunited Austin Rivers with his father on the Clippers bench. And shortly thereafter, a report emerged that locker room issues were to blame for both Douglas-Roberts and Jordan Farmar being jettisoned from the organization.

From Sam Amick of USA Today:

As for Rivers move, I’m told there was a locker-room/chemistry component involved in cutting ties w/ Jordan Farmar & Chris Douglas-Roberts.

Almost immediately, Douglas-Roberts took to Twitter to respond.

Hey man I know this is your job but this is the farthest thing from the truth & you can ask any coach or player from Clippers @sam_amick

Chemistry issues, maybe, but locker room issues, No. I know you only have 140 characters but be clear here. My name is my name @sam_amick

Two things here: One, Farmar essentially admitted that he was the victim of a bait and switch in his eyes, in terms of what he was promised when he signed and what his role actually became once he was a part of the roster.

As for Douglas-Roberts, he has a right to defend himself, and from the outside looking in, it’s difficult to see how someone who played so little while he was there could (or would want to) cause any real problems.

None of this, of course, does anything to dispel an earlier report that locker room issues do in fact exist, and that certain Clippers players simply don’t like each other.