Jordan Farmar took a substantial paycut to return to the Lakers. He experienced a season filled with injuries and losing. The Lakers enter this offseason laced with uncertainty on how long it will take to return to championship contention.
Yet, Farmar reiterated in unequivocal terms following the Lakers’ 102-90 loss Sunday to the Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center that he wants to stay with the purple and gold.
Of course, I’d be a Laker,” Farmar said. “And if I was [General Manager] Mitch [Kupchak], I would sign me.”
The Lakers like Farmar, impressed that he posted 10.3 points and 4.8 assists despite playing in only 39 games because of two separately torn left hamstring and a strained right groin. The Lakers are also impressed with Farmar’s maturity since his first stint here in 2006-10, providing an assertive leadership presence and team-first mindset.
Still, Farmar’s future partly hinges on who the Lakers draft, what free agents they can attract and what kind of offers Farmar fields elsewhere.
“It wouldn’t be ideal but it’s part of our business. We can’t control that,” he said. “I’ll sit down with Mitch and the guys, and see if something can be worked out.”
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