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Report: Sonny Weems to sign in Europe

Posted on: July 5, 2011 3:33 pm
Edited on: July 5, 2011 3:44 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Add another name to the slowly growing list of NBA players packing up for Europe.

According to HoopsWorld, guard Sonny Weems is set to sign with Zalgiris in Lithuania. The Weems deal reportedly should be finalized later this week.

This comes just a week after the Raptors issued Weems a qualifying offer before the lockout went into effect. Because of that, Toronto retains his rights as a restricted free agent.

Weems, however, reportedly signed a one-year deal without a NBA opt-out clause, meaning even if the NBA doesn't lose games Weems, 24, can't return to play for the Raptors (or anyone else). He's going to spend the entire 2011-12 season in Europe no matter what.

In 59 games this past season, Weems averaged career highs in points (9.2) and minutes (23.9) for the Raptors and played a solid backup shooting guard behind DeMar DeRozan.

Not exactly an earth-shattering loss, but still Weems is a valuable player to the team. And he's exactly the type of player you're going to see take off to Europe with the uncertainty in the NBA right now. Weems was a low-dollar player, and he probably wasn't keen on missing even a single paycheck.

Since: Apr 6, 2009
Posted on: July 6, 2011 12:46 pm

Report: Sonny Weems to sign in Europe

Good luck to Sonny Weems,I wish him well,the Raptors might get him back but while a serviceable player he was not going to save the Raptors.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: July 6, 2011 12:16 pm

Report: Sonny Weems to sign in Europe

I wsn't trying to hate on Sonny, he's a skilled player, but there are a ton of guys out there with his exact skill set.Only reason his numbers were what they were was because of the minutes he was getting, that anywhere else he wouldn't of picked up.

Since: Jul 5, 2010
Posted on: July 5, 2011 11:54 pm

Report: Sonny Weems to sign in Europe

If ur NBA team has sunny in its 8 man rotation then ur team sucks

Seeya bud  

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: July 5, 2011 8:40 pm

Report: Sonny Weems to sign in Europe

I think Sonny was a not bad Toronto player but maybe he is too much of what they already have: an athletic guy who doesn't play tough enough defense and also plays well in streaks but not all the time. Same as a half dozen of their young players. As a role player with no guarantee that he will have a long NBA career, he can not afford to miss time and money to a lockout.

Maybe the year in Europe will help him.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: July 5, 2011 7:28 pm

Report: Sonny Weems to sign in Europe

As a long time Raptors fan..let me be the first to bless the comment section and say, I hope he goes there...and doesn't come back.

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