Jordan Farmar became the latest New Jersey Nets player to head for the European leagues when he signed with Maccabi Tel Aviv Wednesday.
The 1.88 meter guard will play for Tel Aviv as long as the NBA lockout continues, a Maccabi spokesman said in a statement. Farmar, who is Jewish, won two NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers before moving to the Nets in 2010.
Fellow Nets stars Deron Williams and Sasha Vujacic have both signed to play for Turkish teams, Williams for Besiktas and Vujacic for Anadolu Efes. Besiktas has also claimed to have held talks with representatives of Lakers star Kobe Bryant.
At Tel Aviv, Farmar will play alongside former Duke guard Jon Scheyer, who signed earlier this summer. Since both are Jewish, once final arrangements are made, they would be eligible to assume citizenship and play as Israelis, not counting against the four foreign players per team limit in the Super league
“Coach David Blatt spoke with Farmar several times, and was impressed by his intense desire to play for Maccabi Tel Aviv in front of the Israeli public and to contribute as much as possible,” the Maccabi spokesman said. “Thanks to his deep Jewish roots and his great basketball skills, Maccabi Tel Aviv decided to accept him into the team with open arms.”
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