Thanks to the National Basketball Association lockout, New Jersey Nets guard and former first round draft pick of the Los Angeles Lakers, Jordan Farmar, is making aliyah. Well, temporary aliyah, that is.
According to reports, Farmar, whose stepfather is a Tel Aviv native, has signed a one-year contract with Israeli powerhouse Maccabi Tel Aviv.
The deal is said to include a special clause which allows Farmar to return to the NBA Nets if and when the lockout is settled.
"I'm very excited to play in Tel Aviv,'' Farmar told the Star-Ledger."I went there as a little kid. My stepdad is from Tel Aviv. I watched Tel Aviv play basketball and football – soccer.''
Farmar signed a three-year contract with the Nets prior to last season after spending his first four years in the NBA with the Lakers who chose him 26th overall in 2006.
Last season, Farmar averaged 9.6 points and 5.0 assists.
Farmar, who had also reportedly been talking to Maccabi Haifa, will attempt to go through the traditional “aliyah” route, which would make him an Israeli citizen, giving his new, albeit, temporary team, added flexibility since Israeli teams are allowed to dress only four foreign players.
Reprinted with permission from Shalom Life
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