Point guard Jordan Farmar struggled with injury last season for the New Jersey Nets, playing largely as Deron Williams' backup, but managed to set career highs in points per game (10.4), field-goal percentage (.467), three-point percentage (.440) and free-throw percentage (.905).
In practice, however, he failed to establish himself as a reliable player, losing playing time to Sundiata Gaines at different points in the season. He has a $4.25 million contract for 2013 and, despite previous rumors to the contrary, he will opt-in for next season, according to Colin Stephenson of the Newark Star-Ledger.
Farmar, 25, signed a three-year, $12 million deal with the Nets before the 2010-11 season, fresh off winning an NBA championship with his hometown Los Angeles Lakers. He was expected to make the leap from bench contributor to legitimate role player backing up Devin Harris, but he never gained any sort of momentum, and then the Williams trade happened. It was unlikely he was going to find anyone to pay him more than $4 million in the open market, especially with the new stringent Collective Bargaining Agreement beginning to take effect.
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