NBA Free Agency is finally here-the moment all NBA fans have been waiting for this offseason.
Superstars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh are the headliners, but you can’t forget about the other guys, the role players. They're what separate the contenders from the pretenders.
The L.A. Lakers chose not to tender an offer to backup guard Jordan Farmar, making him an unrestricted free agent.
So let's take a look at Farmar's free-agent situation.
Years in the NBA: 4
2009-10 Stats: 82 Games, 18 mpg, 7.2 ppg, 1.5 apg, 1.6 rpg, 43.5 FG percentage, 37.6 3Pt percentage
Farmar is a very young player who has gotten some experience as a backup on the two-time defending NBA Champions.
He can provide explosiveness off the bench, with some decent scoring and the ability to run the show from the point.
Teams that need serious minutes at the point guard on the cheap will be looking in Farmar’s direction in free agency.
Farmar expressed his desire to take on a bigger role with his future team, and said he has a desire to be a starter. He may not get that role, but someone will probably give him an opportunity to at least compete for big-time minutes.
Let’s take a look at five of his potential suitors.
The Bulls have plenty of cap room after shipping off Kirk Hinrich.
They are obviously targeting the big guns in free agency to make a play for a championship run in the immediate future.
But they will also be in need of some solid championship pieces to go with any stars they land; they certainly have the cap room to do so.
The dumping of Hinrich opens a spot Farmar could fill. His championship experience would prove to be a valuable asset on a team that will not/does not have much deep playoff experience.
Farmar would not get the chance to compete for a starting job, with Derrick Rose already entrenched in the position, but he might like the idea of moving from one champion to a serious contender.
The Bobcats could have some cap room if Tyson Chandler opts out of his $12.6 million contract and they decide not to resign Tyrus Thomas, who is a restricted free agent.
Charlotte has failed to reach an agreement with free agent Ray Felton, who helped lead the Bobcats to their first playoff berth last season.
If Felton is too expensive, then Farmar could be a cheaper alternative to fill the void. This would also allow the Bobcats to devote additional resources to replacing Chandler and Thomas, if they choose to leave.
Farmar’s championship pedigree would go over well with Larry Brown, who likes players with experience. It would also help the Bobcats maintain their status as a playoff team.
The Kings lost a little bit of cap room when they traded for Samuel Dalembert to shore up the defense, but they don’t need max-contract money to sign Farmar.
The Kings are in rebuilding mode and would provide a perfect opportunity for Farmar to get some major minutes and grow with the rest of his developing teammates.
Sacramento is considering adding a point guard to move Tyreke Evans off the ball. Farmar would provide that, plus he knows how to play with big-time scorers as he did with Kobe the last four seasons.
The Grizzlies are not sold on Mike Conley. They looking for a point guard to either replace or challenge Conley.
This wouldn’t be an instant starting position for Farmar, but he might relish the opportunity to compete for one, especially on a team not happy with its current point guard situation.
The Grizzlies also may not resign Rudy Gay, which would leave extra cash to go after someone like Farmar.
The Pacers have already expressed their interest in Farmar. With their desperate need for a point guard, they will be the favorites to land him.
Earl Watson is a free agent. T.J. Ford was benched last season. A.J. Price is recovering from a torn ACL.
This seems like a perfect fit for Farmar. His experience in playing with stars like Kobe also would help him fit in with Danny Granger, assuming the Pacers keep Granger.
Farmar’s scoring ability would also help alleviate the pressure from Granger.
It seems like a perfect match, but Farmar may also wait to see how the free agency chips fall to position himself for a solid role on a new contender, such as the previously mentioned Bulls.