HoopsHype Maccabi Tel Aviv rumors

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With two easy road victories under its belt, Maccabi hosts Cibona Zagreb of Croatia this evening, and thanks to the NBA lockout, Farmar will be wearing the yellow uniform for the first time in front of home fans. How long he will remain a Maccabi player is a mystery, but for now the 24-year-old is just looking forward to his home debut. "I'm really not thinking about when the strike will end," he said yesterday. "As long as I'm here, I'm a Maccabi player and that's what matters." Haaretz

September 27, 2011 Updates

Raised in Los Angeles by his Jewish mother Melinda and stepfather Yehuda Kolani, a Tel Aviv native, the 24-year-old Farmar has many memories of watching Maccabi in his visits to Israel as a child and decided to approach the reigning Israeli champion and Euroleague runner-up this past summer, offering to play for a nominal sum. “I had offers from around Europe to come and play and an offer from Israel as well, but I thought that if I would go anywhere Maccabi would be my first choice,” Farmar told me earlier this week. Jerusalem Post

September 16, 2011 Updates

Free agent guard Marcus Thornton is refuting a report that he declined a lucrative overseas offer. “I don’t know where that came from,” Thornton told SLAM in a phone interview of a rumored deal with Maccabi Tel Aviv. SLAM

September 13, 2011 Updates

Dubi Pick: Macc T-A starting to gel beating Haifa 88:63 in season scrimmage. Farmar's European debut ended w/6 pnt. Sofo, Smith & Hendrix had 12 each Twitter

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New Jersey Nets guard Jordan Farmar is looking forward to a "great life experience" playing for Israeli champion Maccabi Tel Aviv during the NBA lockout. Farmar was greeted at the airport on Thursday by dozens of fans singing and banging drums in celebration. Speaking to reporters later, Farmar said he was excited to play "for an organization that is committed to winning." YNetNews.com

August 25, 2011 Updates

He is one of the highest-profile players to play for Maccabi, the runner-up in the Euroleague last season and an organization he said is "committed to winning." Farmar won two NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers before joining the Nets in 2010. The 6-foot-2 guard will play for Tel Aviv as long as the lockout continues. "I'm committed to this team, to the coaching staff and the organization for the time I am here and I want to do my part to help the team grow," Farmar said at a news conference at Maccabi's Nokia Arena. "Leaving at the end is not something I'm looking forward to ... but there is a business aspect to it. Part of my contract says when the NBA restarts I have to go back." ESPN.com

Casspi, who has spent the past two years in the USA with the Sacramento Kings, had hoped to secure a move home following the NBA lockout. But a snag over the amount of tax he would be required to pay has persuaded the 23-year-old to consider joining French side Villeurbane along with San Antonio Spurs star Tony Parker. "Unfortunately, several significant problems like taxes have prevented me from joining the team I most wanted to play for," Casspi wrote on his Facebook page. "I wish to thank David Federman and Shimon Mizrahi for their sincerity and understanding throughout the negotiations. I have immense respect for both of them. "I want to thank all Maccabi fans for their love, and at this moment in time I'm as sad as they are." The Jewish Chronicle

August 24, 2011 Updates

Maccabi Tel Aviv will have to manage this season without the help of Omri Casspi. The NBA player announced yesterday on his Facebook page that he will not join the champions this season. Casspi, who has held long negotiations with Maccabi, wrote, "Unfortunately, several significant problems like taxes have prevented me from joining the team I most wanted to play for." Casspi added, "I wish to thank David Federman and Shimon Mizrahi for their sincerity and understanding throughout the negotiations. I have immense respect for both of them." Casspi played the last two seasons for the Sacramento Kings, and returning to Israel would force him to pay taxes on his income there. Moreover, Maccabi's budget for securing his services wasn't high, but the taxes on his salary as an Israeli would be. Haaretz

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In response to Eurobasket's report yesterday concerning Maccabi Tel Avivs star point guard Jeremy Pargo opting out of his contract and becoming a free player, Pargo's agent Brad Ames, addressed the situation for the first time, explaining the player's side of the story. 'This was a very difficult decision for Jeremy to make,' said Ames, 'He truly enjoyed his time with Maccabi Tel Aviv, yet, Jeremy's main goal is to play in the NBA.' Eurobasket.com

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