Los Angeles Lakers sign guard Jordan FarmarEx-Nets point guard returns to U.S. after spending 2012-13 playing in Turkey
Per team policy, terms were not disclosed.
“Jordan was a fan favorite and a key contributor to our championship teams in 2009 and 2010,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said in a statement released by the team. “We're pleased to have him back with the Lakers and look forward to him once again making a positive impact on our team.”
Farmar, 26, played in Turkey last season, averaging 13.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game in 29 Euroleague contests and 13.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 22 Turkish League games for Anadolu Efes Istanbul.
A Los Angeles native, Farmar was originally drafted by his hometown Lakers with the No. 26 overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft and spent his first four seasons in L.A., helping the Lakers win back-to-back NBA titles in 2009 and 2010.
Farmar signed with the Nets as a free agent in the summer of 2011 and was with the team for their final two seasons in New Jersey. He averaged 9.6 points and a career-high 5.0 assists in 2010-11, and after spending the NBA lockout playing for Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel, he returned to drop a career-best 10.4 points per game in 2011-12, finishing eighth in the NBA with a .440 three-point field goal percentage.
Following 2011-12, Farmar was part of the deal that brought Joe Johnson from Atlanta to Brooklyn, but had his contract bought out by the Hawks so he could go overseas. He signed a three-year, $15 million deal with Anadolu Efes, but the contract contained an out clause after every season.
For his six-year NBA career, Farmar has averages of 7.7 points, 2.8 assists, and 1.9 rebound per game in 413 games.