Posted July 10, 2013

Reports: Jordan Farmar returning to Lakers on one-year deal

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Jordan Farmar is returning to the Lakers next season. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Jordan Farmar is returning to the Lakers next season. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

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.

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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.


3 comments
RWaldo
RWaldo

It's great to have Jordan Farmar back on the Laker squad. His speed and athleticism is a huge plus. The power of Farmar was against the opponents second team not the starters. He can break down the bench players but is not the one to face elite talent like Chris Paul or D Williams and overcome their skills offensively or defensively. Even when Farmar was able to put up good numbers with, say, the Nets, he never possessed the ability to control tempo for his team to win. No, should Nash go down in injury as he might possibly do, the Lakers will need still a more dominant guard to complete the season successfully. Jordan is an asset - a wonderful one! Still we cannot say the point guard position is filled if we are serious Laker fans. Steve Blake has not shown he can handle stronger, swifter guards, who are the stars of the NBA back courts, without pulling an abdominal muscle or tearing something here or there if he has to do this on a nightly basis! I do love the play of Steve Blake, but at 33 he's not going to get more flexible in the joints! So, behind the fanfare of nostalgia, the Lakers still need a point guard that won't wither mentally or physically during the tough, exhausting days of the 2013 - 2014 season. It would be irresponsible to again expect Kobe, a natural 2 - guard, to have to again assume point guard duties to prevent a loss or a blow - out! May I make a suggestion,.....please...?!!! Ian Clark showed mastery at the point during the Orlando Summer League. Ian Clark, though a rookie, shot .459 from the three during his senior college season. Even though Ian is new to the point he already knows how to get control of a game, radiate confidence to his team and make timely passes. Ian has the ability as a shot maker in reserve, but runs an offense efficiently, never out of control. I am stunned by Clark's maturity. The Miami Heat won't be signing him because their roster is about full. Clark, at 6 foot 3 brings youth, speed,leadership, passion, dedication, endurance and promise to a franchise that needs it at low cost! The Lakers would be silly to pass up this diamond in the rough to later sign an expensive veteran with half the ability Ian Clark already has.With the new salary cap every team needs to begin to raise up their own stars from within, saving money and gaining terrific loyalty in the heart for the "purple and gold"...

es
es

No WONDER they let Dwight Howard walk - They got Farmar!!!


"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."

"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." 

"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."

Conclusion: Farmer was inadvertently given the "Jeezus Juice" instead of Dwight.

Give up 10 MILLION to make 500K ( 200k after taxes)  in Sunny La?

Sign me up!

Aaron14
Aaron14

@es Not Sure where you get your numbers. Farmar would make $3.5mil/year (before significant taxes) playing in the Euroleague or $1 mil/year (before significant taxes) with all of the perks of playing in the NBA with LA. Plus he gets to go home and play for the Lakers. He had atleast one NBA offer for more money but wanted to go where he knows he can be happy and productive, something your Dwight Howard is still searching for....