He was a fan favorite. A young, explosive, local kid who grew into a solid role player and ended up winning two NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Jordan Farmar left L.A. in 2010 to join the New Jersey Nets. After playing there for two years, he left for Europe and ended up playing in Turkey where he was an MVP candidate. Now 26, it seems that Farmar is ready to return to the NBA.
In an interview with Busta Sports, Farmar talked about the possibility of returning to the Association and may even be interested re-joining his old team – the Lakers:
[pullquote]Have you considered a return to the NBA? You’re under contract for the next three years, but a return after then would be very plausible.
I think I’ll be back much sooner than the end of the contract. I have the out every summer after this season is over, I have the ability to go back to the NBA. So, I feel I gave Europe a try, and that I have plenty years ahead of me in the NBA, but I still have the option to return here and play in Turkey again, if the right [NBA] deal and situation doesn’t present itself. But I feel that it’s time for me to go back and enjoy free agency.
Your hometown Lakers are in dire need of a point guard, they could certainly use you.
Yeah, I mean, it’ll come down to situation. They have a lot of salary committed to a lot of different places. It’ll depend on what happens with Dwight Howard, and Kobe Bryant, and Pau Gasol, and if they’re in the position to be able to spend some money on free agents. But, I’m open to every opportunity. I’ve kinda tried to stay away from planning where I’m gonna end up, because I never thought I’d end up in Turkey, it just kinda worked out that way. So, I just try to roll with it, put myself in the best situation and make the decision that’s in front of me for the right reasons. If I do that, I think I’ll be okay.[/pullquote]
Seeing as Farmar still lives in L.A. during the off-season, he’d probably be open to a return if the price and role offered was right. Of course, the Lakers currently have Steve Nash under contract for a few more seasons and Steve Blake stepped up during the playoffs, showing that he’s a more than capable back-up for Nash.
The circumstances could always change – who knows, Blake could end up getting traded this off-season – but it appears that right now, there isn’t really any room on the Lakers’ roster for Farmar.
When the time is right, though, a reunion would be pretty cool.