NBA stars net Mac­cabi deal

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport - BY SI­MON GRIVER

The NBA’s two top Jewish stars Jor­dan Far­mar and Omri Casspi have signed for Mac­cabi Tel Aviv, with the Amer­i­can League threat­en­ing a lock­out for the en­tire sea­son. New Jer­sey Nets guard Far­mar who won back-to-back cham­pi­onships with the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers be­fore mov­ing to the East Coast, ini­ti­ated the move to Is­rael where he is likely to earn $500,000 a year com­pared with $4 mil­lion a year in the US. Casspi played for Mac­cabi Tel Aviv be­fore be­com­ing the first Is­raeli to play in the NBA with the Sacra­mento Kings in 2009. In the sum­mer, the Is­raeli for­ward moved to the Cleve­land Cava­liers. An­other NBA player, Wash­ing­ton Wiz­ards for­ward Trevor Booker, has signed for Bnei Sharon and more NBA stars are ex­pected to head for Is­rael as the new sea­son ap­proaches.

Mac­cabi Tel Aviv coach David Blatt is said to be un­happy about the in­flux of NBA stars with con­tracts en­ti­tling the play­ers to re­turn mid-sea­son if the lock­out is re­solved.

The lock­out be­gan on July 1 af­ter club own­ers could not reach a col­lec­tive agree­ment with the play­ers over salary caps. Since then there have been no talks with the sit­u­a­tion un­re­solved.

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