Farmar Headed to Israel, But To Maccabi Tel Aviv

LOS ANGELES CA - JANUARY 14: Jordan Farmar #2 of the New Jersey Netsstands on the court in the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on January 14 2011 in Los Angeles California. The Lakers won 100-88. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and or using this photograph User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

On Tuesday, the American owner of Maccabi Haifa told the media that he was close to signing Jordan Farmar to a contract.  Not so fast. Farmar has signed with an Israeli team but not Maccabi Haifa. Instead, he'll be playing for Maccabi Tel Aviv, the best team in Israel and a perennial Euroleague power.

"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."

Like Deron Williams' deal with Besiktas in Turkey, Farmar's deal is for one-year with a provision that he can return if the NBA lockout ends. Farmar is the fourth Net to sign overseas. Farmar's old teammate from the Lakers, Sasha Vujacic signed with Efes, also a Turkish team, and Mario West signed with Verona of the Italian League.

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