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Farmar Sticking Around Israel

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Jordan Farmar will play one more game with Maccabi Tel Aviv Thursday before flying home Saturday to Los Angeles, then to New Jersey. Under FIBA rules, NBA players under contract must return to the US upon ratification of the CBA. Some teams are requiring players to stay that long. Farmar's decision is his own.

Farmar said he was excited to play in what could be a crucial game for Maccabi Tel Aviv in two of the three leagues the club plays in. They'll face Partizan in Belgrade, which competes with Maccabi in both the Adriatic League and the Euroleague. Haaretz, the big Tel Aviv newspaper, called Farmar "beloved."

Both Deron Williams and Jordan Williams have returned to the US. No word yet on Sundiata Gaines.