Report: Clippers reach deal with Jordan Farmar to be backup point guard

41 Comments

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.