Saturday, July 2, 2011

Sonny Weems to play in Europe?

Weems Signing Overseas: Sonny Weems has decided to take advantage of his overseas eligibility and is on the verge of signing a one-year contract with a team in Europe, according sources close to the situation.

The Toronto Raptors extended a qualifying offer to Weems last Monday, which would have made him a restricted free agent. However, Weems felt that signing overseas was the best option for him so that he could continue playing and developing his game during this work stoppage.

Weems' deal will not have an NBA-out, which means he'll remain overseas even if a new collective bargaining agreement is ratified.

While other free agents have signed with international teams in recent weeks, Weems is one of the most notable players to ink a deal overseas.

Last season, Weems averaged a career-high 9.2 points in 59 games with the Raptors. In 28 starts, he posted averages of 10.8 points and 3.3 rebounds. He scored in double figures 27 times last season.

The 24-year-old is expected to return to the NBA next season, after his one-year contract expires.

Weems is currently in Spain, along with DeMar DeRozan, to support Jose Calderon's basketball camp.

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