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Farmar coming home to Lakers

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Jordan Farmar is back where he started and where he always has wanted to be -- Los Angeles.

On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Lakers announced they have signed the free-agent guard, who played on the 2009 and 2010 championship teams.

"Jordan was a fan favorite and a key contributor," said 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."

The Lakers selected Farmar with the 26th overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft. He spent his first four NBA seasons with Los Angeles and helped the team to three consecutive NBA Finals appearances (2008-10).

He averaged 6.9 points and 2.1 assists in 18.1 minutes over a span of 301 career games during his first stint with the Lakers.

He signed to play in New Jersey in 2010, then went to Israel during the NBA lockout in 2011 before rejoining the Nets.

According to ESPN, Farmar signed a three-year, $10.5 million deal with Turkish club Anadolu Efes last summer. By coming back to the Lakers, he is forfeiting a huge chunk of money.

"I wanted to be back in the NBA, but more importantly, back with the Lakers" Farmar told ESPN. "This is the only situation I would have taken a minimum deal with."

The 26-year-old grew up in Los Angeles, played at UCLA and has remained a Lakers fan where ever he has lived.

"I've been a Laker since I was born," Farmar said. "I grew up a Laker fan, so regardless of where I am or who I'm playing for, or what I'm doing in life, I'm always going to stay connected to what's going on here (in Los Angeles)."
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