Can Jordan Farmar Save the LA Lakers’ Point Guard Position?

Jordan Farmar, Los Angeles native, UCLA alumnus and holder of two NBA World Championship rings with the L.A. Lakers, is back where it all started with a golden opportunity to lock down a long-term spot as the team's No. 1 point guard.

It's quite possible that one of the reasons Farmar left millions (he signed a three-year, $10.5 million deal in 2012 to play in the Turkish Basketball League) on the table in Turkey after one season to return home and suit up for his beloved Lakers is because he knows Steve Nash is not the Nash of old and may be on his last NBA legs.

Farmar may also have seen an opportunity to supplant the team's current starting point guard, Steve Blake, who will turn 34 in February.

And that could happen down the road, as Blake is a free agent next summer and may go elsewhere. In fact, Blake is coveted by a lot of NBA general managers and could fetch decent assets were the Lakers to move him before the end of this season.

Upon signing a minimum deal with the Lakers last July, Farmar told reporter Dave McMenamin:

"They (Lakers) knew about my deal overseas and really didn't push it earlier because they didn't think I'd be willing to give up that guaranteed money I had over there. I wanted to be back in the NBA, but more importantly, back with the Lakers. This is the only situation I would have taken a minimum deal with."

Regardless of what Nash and his camp are saying about his relentless efforts to get back on the court, it doesn't look good for the soon-to-be 40-year-old former league MVP who is dealing with nerve damage suffered last season when he broke his leg.

Recent reports have Nash out of the lineup for at least another 10 days, while some reports claim he is pondering early retirement.

Head coach Mike D'Antoni tried to squelch those rumors at practice this week, telling ESPNLA's Ramona Shelb...

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