L.A. Times: Jordan Farmar now has extra motivation, should he need it. So does Adam Morrison.
The Lakers did not give contract extensions to either fourth-year player, making them both restricted free agents in July. The Lakers had until today to reach an agreement with each player.
Farmar, 23, will make $1.9 million this season and Morrison, 26, will make $5.2 million.
Farmar is locked in a battle with Shannon Brown for minutes as Derek Fisher’s backup
“I think I have a lot to offer. I know I can do so much more than I’m doing right now,” said Farmar, who is averaging 4.7 points and 1.7 assists through three games this season. “If they really, really want me, they probably would have signed me. It’s tough. I feel that I’ve gone out there a lot and shown what I have, with the opportunity that I’ve got. It’s my job to try to prove it to them.”
The Lakers have the right to match any offer Farmar or Morrison signs next summer.
Farmar might get some interest from other teams, but Morrison will need to show something this season after averaging only 3.9 points a game since suffering a torn knee ligament in October 2008.
Farmar is averaging 6.8 points and 2.3 assists a game in his career.