Jews in Sports: Jordan Farmar Returns Home

Many questions surround the Los Angeles Lakers after the team missed out on re-signing center Dwight Howard. No larger question than if the Lakers can reclaim its championship luster.

The team took a step towards its quest for glory by signing free agent guard Jordan Farmar to a one-year, $1 million-dollar deal, which in turn gives Los Angeles the critical bench piece that helped them win back-to-back NBA titles in 2009 and 2010.

“We’re pleased to have Jordan back with our organization,” explains Lakers g.m. Mitch Kupchak. “We look forward to him once again making a positive impact on our team.”

Farmar, a Los Angeles native, played last season in Turkey, where he averaged 13.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.9 assists for Anadolu Efes Istanbul in the Euroleague.

Only after a complicated buyout from his Turkish team could Farmar officially sign with the team that drafted him in the first round out of UCLA in 2006. The buyout won’t count against the Lakers’ Salary Cap, nor will its luxury tax penalty increase.


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