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Farmar Headed to Israel, But To Maccabi Tel Aviv

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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.