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.