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Lakers officially sign guard Jordan Farmar to his second stint

7/18/13 in NBA   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

The Los Angeles Lakers have been carefully filling out their roster with quality talent on low-budget contracts that are designed so as to not affect the team’s salary cap situation in 2014. Earlier in the offseason, the Los Angeles Lakers signed Chris Kaman and Wesley Johnson to minimum salary contracts that run through only the 2013 season. Although Nick Young was another quality addition to the roster, his $23.3 million veteran’s minimum contract runs over two years, with player option in the second season.
 
On Wednesday the Los Angeles Lakers completed transactions to add another critical bench piece to their roster by officially signing guard Jordan Farmar to a one-year contract worth $1 million. Although both sides had agreed to the terms of the new deal over a week ago, the signing did not become official until Wednesday since the Los Angeles Lakers became wrapped up in to negotiate a complicated and longer-than-expected buy out process with Jordan Farmar’s former club.
 
“Jordan was a fan favorite and a key contributor to our championship teams in 2009 and 2010,” said Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak. “We’re pleased to have him back with the Lakers and look forward to him once again making a positive impact on our team.”
 
Jordan Famar played last season in Turkey, where he averaged 13.8 points on .397 shooting from the three-pointer range, 3.6 rebounds and 3.9 assists per contest for Anadolu Efes Istanbul, in 29 Euroleague games.  He also posted similar averages of 13.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 4.1 assist per contest while appearing in 22 Turkish league games last season.
 
However, Jordan Farmar’s Pro career didn’t start right off with his hometown team, as the UCLA product was initially drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 26th overall pick in 2006, and spent his first four NBA seasons playing for the club. Jordan Farmar helped the Los Angeles Lakers win back-to-back NBA titles (2009 and 2010) before becoming a free agent in 2010. Since then, he’s bounced around a bit from team to team. After briefly playing abroad during the 2011 lockout with Israeli champions Maccabi Tel Aviv, Jordan Farmar returned to the NBA to play for the team formerly known as the New Jersey Nets. Jordan Farmar capped his final season of a two-year stint with the New Jersey (Brooklyn) Nets with career-high averages of 10.4 points on 44 percent shooting from beyond the arc per game.
 
Jordan Framar was briefly with the Atlanta Hawks after being traded by the Brooklyn Nets during the 2011summer, but did not play a game for the Hawks as his contract was bought out and he ended up playing last year abroad.
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