Reports: Jordan Farmar returning to Lakers on one-year deal
The Los Angeles Lakers have come to terms on a one-year deal with guard Jordan Farmar, according to multiple reports. The Lakers must negotiate a buyout with Farmar’s Turkish club, Anadolu Efes, which is believed to cost the Lakers up to $500,000.
The two sides agreed to a one-year, veteran minimum worth $1 million after Farmar agreed to bow out of a three-year, $10.5 million deal he signed with Anadolu Efes last summer. Farmar, 26, averaged 13.8 points and 3.9 assists in 29 games played overseas last season.
Farmar told ESPNLosAngeles.com that he’s “been a Laker since I was born” and his decision to return to the NBA was based solely on returning to the Lakers even on a minimum deal. Farmar, a Los Angeles native, was drafted in the first round by the Lakers in 2006 out of UCLA. He was a member of the Lakers’ back-to-back championship teams in 2009 and 2010.
From his interview with ESPNLosAngeles.com:
“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 revealed that he missed his family and friends back in Los Angeles, and more importantly to him, he missed being a Laker. Farmar played four seasons with the Lakers before signing with the New Jersey Nets (now Brooklyn Nets) in 2010. He was traded to the Atlanta Hawks as a part of the Joe Johnson trade that brought Johnson to the Nets. He was then swiftly bought out of his contract by Atlanta before signing on to play professional basketball in Europe.