To further solve the team’s depth issues at the point guard position, the Sacramento Kings have signed journeyman Jordan Farmar, according to a report from David Pick.
The 29-year-old is a natural fit having previously played under Kings’ new head coach Dave Joerger with the Memphis Grizzlies at the end of last season. He averaged 9.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game in 12 contests, including 10 starts with the Grizzlies.
Farmar also shot 35.6 percent from the 3-point line in 2015-2016.
After the Los Angeles Lakers selected him with the 26th pick in the first-round of the 2006 NBA Draft, Farmar made his professional debut by playing in 72 games and starting two of them in 2006-2007. The following season, he played all 82 games and averaged 9.1 points per contest, helping the Lakers reach the NBA Finals. Over the next two seasons, Farmar’s numbers declined, but he was a part of two championships with the Lakers in both 2009 and 2010.
Starting in 2010, he began to bounce around the league quite a bit. Over the last six seasons, he has played for four teams, which includes another stint with the Lakers. His best statistical year came in New Jersey when he averaged 10.4 points and 3.3 assists per game in 2011-2012 while with the Nets. He also managed a double-digit point total in 2013-2014.
Darren Collison was expected to be the starting point guard for Sacramento until he pleaded guilty to a domestic violence charge. Due to the plea, he is expected to face at least a 20-game suspension at the beginning of the season.
That means the Kings will be counting upon the newly signed Ty Lawson and Isaiah Cousins to fill the void. Lawson had his worst statistical year as a professional in 2015-2-16, but he has averaged over 15.0 points per game on four separate occasions. On the other hand, a rookie in Cousins has yet to play in the NBA.