It's been a year since his last stint in the NBA, and three since he played for the Los Angeles Lakers, but Jordan Farmar, according to ESPNLA.com's Dave McMenamin, is headed back to L.A. to rejoin the team that brought him into the league.
UPDATE: Wednesday, July 17, at 9:19 p.m. ET by Grant Hughes
According to Arash Markazi of ESPN, the deal is now official. And Mitch Kupchak, the man who signed Farmar, is excited.
Kupchak: "We’re pleased to have him back with the Lakers and look forward to him once again making a positive impact on our team."— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) July 18, 2013
Kupchak: "Jordan was a fan favorite and a key contributor to our championship teams in 2009 and 2010."— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) July 18, 2013
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LAL has reached an agreement to bring back Jordan Farmar on a one-year, vet min contract. Must negotiate buyout w/ his Turkey team first— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) July 10, 2013
He will be walking away from the final two years of three-year, $10.5 million deal he signed last summer to play in the Turkish Basketball League. Per McMenamin, the Lakers are the only team he would have made such a financial sacrifice for:
"They 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," Farmar said in a phone interview with ESPNLosAngeles.com. "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."
"I've been a Laker since I was born," Farmar said. "I grew up a Laker fan, so regardless of where I am or who I'm playing for, or what I'm doing in life, I'm always going to stay connected to what's going on here [in Los Angeles]."
Farmar spent the first four years of his career with the Lakers, peaking at 9.1 points and 2.7 assists in 20 minutes per game during his sophomore season.
His four-year stint with the Lakers came during the team's back-to-back championships in 2009 and 2010, with Farmar playing the role of a spot-up shooter and a sparingly used ball-handler as part of the team's rotation. In two separate seasons with the Lakers, he played in all 82 games, and established himself as a solid shooter who gave commendable effort.
After his first four years, Farmar signed a free-agent deal with the New Jersey Nets, where he played in 2010 until the lockout sent him searching for a job in Europe.
He played for Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv B.C. in 2011 before returning to New Jersey for 39 games with the Nets. Last summer Farmar was traded to the Atlanta Hawks in the Joe Johnson deal and was promptly waived. At that point he sought another gig in Europe.
Farmar ended up in Turkey, where he averaged 13.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 29 games with Anadolu Efes.
Back with the Lakers, he should suitably fill a role, as Los Angeles waived Chris Duhon near the end of June. Duhon, along with Darius Morris, made up the Lakers' third line of guards after Steve Nash, Steve Blake, Kobe Bryant and Jodie Meeks.
Farmar will be able to officially sign with the Lakers as soon as they negotiate a buyout with his former Turkish club.