Jordan Farmar, on the last day he had to decide, said that he would be opting into the final year of his contract with the Brooklyn Nets, paying him $4.25 million next season. Farmar’s decision should not be surprising, because he would not have been paid that much money next year if he chose to become a free agent. However, some thought that Farmar would choose to become a free agent, because he wanted a chance to start somewhere, and he obviously would not start in Brooklyn if the Nets can resign Deron Williams.
This move creates somewhat of a logjam at point guard if Deron Williams is resigned. They would have D-Will, Farmar, and rookie Tyshawn Taylor. Additionally, if the Nets can resign Deron, it is likely that Jason Kidd will come along with him to be his backup. This will knock Farmar into a strange 3rd-string point guard/3rd string shooting guard role where he will not get many minutes. Farmar’s decision to opt in also knocks down Sundiata Gaines’s chances of staying with the Nets close to 0.
Because of the Farmar opt in, the Nets have already begun trade talks with multiple teams involving Farmar. Farmar could be a valuable asset to a team because he has an expiring contract, which many teams want. The biggest trade rumor that has already surfaced is centered around Atlanta Hawks star Joe Johnson. In the big free agency summer of 2010, Johnson was given a monster max contract by the Hawks and is thought to be untradable. He has not played up to expectations so far, and very few teams would want him now because of his contract.
If the Nets were to make this trade, they would probably include Farmar, Johan Petro, Anthony Morrow, and maybe a draft pick or sign-and-trade as well to balance the salaries.
I believe that this trade is very, very unlikely to happen. I don’t think that Deron Williams and Joe Johnson would be a great tandem, although both salaries could be taken on by the Nets. Also, it would make trading or signing Dwight Howard almost impossible, and the Nets still want this as their #1 option. I will be very surprised if this trade ever goes through.