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July 11, 2010

Jordan Farmar leaving LA for NY

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Last week I received the above invitation and the first thing I wondered was whether Jordan Farmar would be around on Aug. 15 for this benefit for children with cancer. That question has been answered. It looks like Farmar will be flying back from New York:

Former Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Farmar has agreed to a three-year, $12-million deal with the New Jersey Nets, his agent, Arn Tellem, confirmed to ESPN The Magazine’s Ric Bucher on Sunday night.

“Jordan will be an excellent complement to Devin [Harris] in the backcourt,” Nets president Rod Thorn said in a statement released by the team. “He comes to the Nets with championship pedigree, which will prove to be invaluable to his teammates.”

This is great news for one of the NBA’s only Jews. He’ll finally get his chance to shine.

But the contract is a bit surprising because, save for a great game against the Rockets last season, Farmar hasn’t really done much to warrant $4 million a year. But, then again, Sasha Vujacic made $5 million last year and look at all the bread thrown at Darko this off season. Speaking of Darko, the Free Darko twit had a great line:

FARMAR TO BROOKLYN!!!!!! #hesjewishdontforgetit

How could I? If you did, check out one of my favorite stories, not only from my time at The Jewish Journal but from my time as a journalist. A snippet about Farmar and the history of Jews in basketball:

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