Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 at 10:00 am  |  33 responses

Los Angeles Lakers to Sign Jordan Farmar

After agreeing to a buyout from his Turkish Basketball League club, Anadolu Efes, Jordan Farmar will re-join the Los Angeles Lakers on a one-year, veteran minimum deal worth about $1 million. Per ESPN: “L.A. must first negotiate a buyout with Farmar’s club in Turkey, Anadolu Efes, which is believed to be in the $500,000 range. The buyout does not count against the salary cap, an important detail to the luxury tax-laden Lakers. The deal required a significant financial sacrifice by Farmar to be completed. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound guard signed a three-year, $10.5 million deal last summer to play in the Turkish Basketball League. ‘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. ‘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.’ Farmar, 26, grew up in L.A. and played his first four professional seasons with the Lakers after being drafted in the first round out of UCLA in 2006. He was a key reserve on the Lakers’ championship teams in 2008-09 and 2009-10. ‘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].’ After leaving L.A. as a free agent in 2010, he spent parts of two seasons with the New Jersey Nets, scoring a career-high 10.4 points per game on a career-best 44 percent 3-point shooting in 2011-12. Farmar was traded to the Atlanta Hawks in the Joe Johnson deal after that season, but had his contract bought out and played last season with Anadolu Efes, averaging 13.8 points and 3.9 assists in 29 games played. Farmar also played seven games for Israel’s Maccabi Electra of the EuroLeague during the NBA lockout in the summer of 2011. ‘The plan for me was to get back to the NBA eventually regardless,’ Farmar said. ‘I really, really enjoyed my time in Israel. I thought it was a possibility that it would be exactly the same [in Turkey] and I would hop on over there and never look back and I would make good money overseas, but just being over there and staying up until 2, 3, 4 in the morning and watching every NBA game, or watching the Lakers go through what they were going through was just tough. I missed my family, I missed being home and, ultimately, I missed being a Laker.’”

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  • Dfrance

    Lol @ “I’ll always be a Laker” Jordan thought he was hot sh1t after those two rings, left the team and subsequently fell off the face of the earth.

  • Jer dawg

    The thought of being a Laker is great, but does Farmar really want to be part of that mess of an ownership that is clueless with Jim Buss running things? They are milking it with Kobe there, but see what happens after. Good luck Farmar. You may need to spend those long regular season drinking away the pain of losing and drama. Because there won’t be enough talent to win 35 games with Kobe sidelined for a long time.

  • Dfrance

    Still gotta be 100x better than hooping in Turkey.

  • Jay Brodes

    why?? goudlock and morris proved they are capable back ups. we need a sf..period..if we have trade for rudy gay..great!

  • Raheem Shabazz

    They’re just bringing everybody from that 2009 championship team just to show Dwight that we beat you in the Finals.

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    The return! I was surprised he wasn’t able to stay in the L after what he did in New Jersey.

  • TR

    Capable back ups? They were garbage

  • robb

    what the f*ck are they doing?

  • robb

    they should get Phil too then.

  • Caboose

    Yeah, what would LA trade for Rudy Gay? Take your time, I’ll wait.

  • playa

    That’s really cool, High Flying Ears is Baaaaaack!!!!

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    It’s almost as if they are in such shock that D12 left that they are just running around like a chicken with its head cut off signing anyone and everyone who will come play for them smh

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Guess he learned not to bite the hand that feeds him lol

  • shockexchange

    The Lakers are on the rebound. Instead of jumping into bed with the first person who comes along they should take some time to get to know themselves better.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Couldn’t have said it any better.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    Unless the Lakers have some other PG up their sleeve, he easily could end up starting PG if Nash is as oft-injured as he was this year …increase your stock and get back in the league!

  • spit hot fiyah

    don’t bother waiting. a team that just amnestied mwp will never trade for gay even if all they had to give up was peanuts

  • robb

    lol man that was sad but true

  • fruizm

    Now bring back Sasha, Mark Madsen and George!!

  • LakeShow

    Naw, but… for real haha

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  • LakeShow

    ….yeah… seriously. Whats so capable about playing in the D-League for most the year.

  • R32

    This just in: Lakers also bring back Odom, Fisher, Ariza and Shannon Brown.

  • bike

    Anyone heard from Kobe lately? Wonder what he thinks of this….

  • dpe

    The Turks were paying him approx. $2 mil/yr more…I’d say that’s a handbiting.

  • dave

    Yeah, Lakers, you’ll ALWAYS have the past to rest your hat on.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Was speaking about his overseas tenure I was speaking about how when he went to NJ he never panned out and was no where to be seen in the NBA.

  • robb

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    the 2008 Lakers are going to be a playoff team in 2014

  • Max

    Don’t ya mean lottery?

  • playa

    This loooong time kobe will be sidelined will end somewhere in november probably, i don’t know what’s up with all the people talking like his coming back next season or something,jeeeeez.

  • Andi_S

    Proved capable backups? Are you serious? Morris has shown some flashes of potential. He’s tall, athletic and a solid defender. But he’s an offensive liability, has no court vision and bad decision making. Although I like him he’s a 3rd string point guard you throw in at the end of the game when you’re up by 20. However I believe he could be a backup someday when he keeps working on his game.

    There’s a reason Goudelock spent most of the season in the D-League. He’s undersized, has no ball handling, bad decision making and is a horrible defender. He has a decent floater and is a good spot up three point shooter but that’s all you’ll get from him. He only played for the Lakers because of all the injuries. He likely won’t return to them. He don’t even play for the Lakers in summer league. He’s on the Bulls roster.

  • Andi_S

    Guess they’re just filling out the roster. Every team has to use 90% of the salary cap and needs at least 12 players on the roster. They sign just the cheapest options. Lakers won’t make the playoffs anyway. Which isn’t all that bad. With a lottery pick in arguably the best draft in a decade next year and tons of money to spend they could get through the rebuilding process very quickly.