Jordan Farmar, who has played with the Nets franchise for the last two seasons, has opted out of his contract in order to become an unrestricted free agent. Farmar signed with the Nets after a fairly successful run off the Lakers bench to begin his career, but he never separated himself from the pack in New Jersey (though he did average a career high 10.4 points per game last season).
Farmar’s decision was likely influenced by the acquisition of Tyshawn Taylor in last night’s NBA Draft. The Nets purchased the contract of the former Kansas standout guard from the Blazers, creating a potential logjam at the backup point guard spot. Considering the Nets are also hot in pursuit of Deron Williams and possibly Jason Kidd, Farmar’s time on this team was up.
This move will only serve to benefit the Nets, as Farmar’s presence would’ve clogged things up on the Nets bench to say the least. The Nets have done a solid job of rebuilding so far, especially considering they are the current front runners in the Deron Williams sweepstakes. Their job is far from over though, and much more will need to be done before the Nets can confidently put a team on the court at the Barclays Center.