Posted by Royce Young
Maccabi Haifa of the Israeli basketball league is in "advanced" talks with New Jersey Nets guard Jordan Farmar, according to the club's American owner, Jeffrey Rosen.
"We've been in serious talks with Jordan Farmar, who has expressed great interest to play for Maccabi Haifa," Rosen said. "We believe we are close to an agreement, but we have a few more hurdles to overcome to make it happen. We would love to have Jordan Farmar join Maccabi Haifa during the NBA lockout and we find his aspirations to play in Israel to be inspirational."
There might be competition for Farmar though. Powerhouse Maccabi Tel Aviv is also in the mix for Farmar according to Israeli media reports and could potentially offer Farmar more money. Tel Aviv of course was the team that was sort of in the mix for Amar'e Stoudemire at one point. Haifa is trying to make a push in the league as they made news by signing Jeremy Tyler last year. Tyler is the player that skipped his senior year of high school to play overseas and was drafted 39th overall.
FIBA cleared the way last week for players to sign abroad as long as long as they express a commitment to returning to the NBA if the lockout ends. Farmar still has two years left on his New Jersey deal.
Why is this potentially important? Because Farmar, an American citizen with Jewish heritage, could be making a path to nationalizing in Israel so he could join their national team. Having the connection with a pro club is a really good step in that direction. Farmar's not a big name NBA player but he did win two titles with the Lakers and is a quality point guard.