Jordan Farmar, one of two Jewish players in the National Basketball Association, has reached an agreement in principle to play for the New Jersey Nets for the 2010-11 season.
Nets president Rod Thorn made the announcement July 11.
As of press time, the agreement is contingent on the passing of a physical; terms of the contract were not released.
“Jordan will be an excellent complement to Devin [Harris] in the backcourt,” said Thorn in a statement. “He comes to the Nets with championship pedigree, which will prove to be invaluable to his teammates.”
The six-foot-two-inch guard was the Los Angeles Lakers’ first round pick in the 2006 draft out of UCLA. Farmar appeared in 301 games in four years with the Lakers, who won consecutive NBA championships in 2008-09 and 2009-10. He has a reputation as a scrappy defensive player with a good three-point shooting eye.
Israeli-born Omri Casspi, who spent his rookie year with the Sacramento Kings, is the only other Jew currently on an NBA roster, although Jon Scheyer (2010 NCAA champion Duke) and Sylven Landesberg (University of Virginia) are playing in the League’s summer program for the Miami Heat and Kings, respectively.