Jordan Farmar, the New Jersey Nets' back-up point guard, is in talks with Israel's Maccabi Haifa, reports ESPN's Marc Stein. Farmar, who plays behind Deron Williams, the first NBA player under contract to sign overseas this summer, is Jewish, and according to Maccabi Haifa's owner has expressed particular interest to play in Israel during the NBA lockout.
Farmar spent four years with the Los Angeles Lakers before signing with the Nets last summer. The Nets traded for Williams at the in-season deadline, sending Farmar to a bench role but making the team more competitive in the immediate term. Williams is slated to be a free agent in 2012.
As Stein notes, Haifa had a tough 2010-11 season, finishing No. 9 in the 10-team Israeli league. Haifa last drew attention for signing Jeremy Tyler, then a high school junior in San Diego, to a contract as the big man prospect looked overseas instead of at American colleges. Tyler was a massive bust for Haifa, hardly playing and clashing with coaches. Tyler spent 2010-11 playing in Japan for Tokyo Apache, and was drafted in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors.