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Old 07-02-2011, 08:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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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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Old 07-02-2011, 09:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Good choice, 1) the Raptors were underpaying him and 2) this lockout is no where near ending.
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Old 07-02-2011, 09:52 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Good choice, 1) the Raptors were underpaying him and 2) this lockout is no where near ending.
Underpaying him? Are you kidding?
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Old 07-02-2011, 10:08 AM   #4 (permalink)
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He's in some debt I'm guessing he really needs the money
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Good news for the raptors
but sadly he probably will sign 1 of those contracts that will allow him to be signed back to an NBA team and leave the euro team whenever
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With the lockout in action this is a great move by Weems.
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Good news for the raptors
but sadly he probably will sign 1 of those contracts that will allow him to be signed back to an NBA team and leave the euro team whenever

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Weems' deal will not have an NBA-out, which means he'll remain overseas even if a new collective bargaining agreement is ratified.
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Old 07-02-2011, 12:20 PM   #8 (permalink)
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good for him. get that paper while you can.
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atleast he can get better there
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Underpaying him? Are you kidding?
To consider the statement fairly, you have to put aside your personal feelings towards Sonny.

The qualifying offer was for $1,091,000

That's not a lot of money if we're talking about the NBA. It's possible he'd get offered a bigger contract, but there are no guarantees in this climate.

Lots of players who hardly see the court make more than that. And I'm not talking about guys who were signed when they could play and then something happened to them; I'm talking about players who are just signed to be the 10th guy on the bench. Sonny was probably going to get minutes for the Raps, so, in that context, he's a little underpaid, even if only by 500,000. But, when your career earnings are so low (around 2 million), that's a pretty big chunk of change.
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Old 07-02-2011, 02:57 PM   #11 (permalink)
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To consider the statement fairly, you have to put aside your personal feelings towards Sonny.

The qualifying offer was for $1,091,000

That's not a lot of money if we're talking about the NBA. It's possible he'd get offered a bigger contract, but there are no guarantees in this climate.

Lots of players who hardly see the court make more than that. And I'm not talking about guys who were signed when they could play and then something happened to them; I'm talking about players who are just signed to be the 10th guy on the bench. Sonny was probably going to get minutes for the Raps, so, in that context, he's a little underpaid, even if only by 500,000. But, when your career earnings are so low (around 2 million), that's a pretty big chunk of change.

Maybe so but i don't think he's worth much more then 1Mil. He's had one decent season in the NBA and was injured a good chunk of last season.
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1 mil is about as good as he could get.
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That's a risky move on Sonny's part. If he gets locked in over there, he could end up missing out on the Raptors' championship season over here.


On anther note, if the lockout goes on too long, I wonder who's going to end up getting fat. My votes go to Eddy Curry and Boris Diaw.

And who's going to end up getting arrested for having too much time on their hands? I'm going with Delonte West and Demarcus Cousins.
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On anther note, if the lockout goes on too long, I wonder who's going to end up getting fat. My votes go to Eddy Curry and Boris Diaw.
You'd have to pick players that aren't already fat.
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In Eurpope with ball in his hands he could be nr1 or nr2 option. Not very efficient maybe, but productive

With that piece out of the picture I wish we gave the QO to Wright too
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You'd have to pick players that aren't already fat.
These guys said they were losing weight in the off season. They may very well, but a whole off season with no one on their ass to keep in shape....McDonald's, Burger King, KFC, Roscoe's, Long John silver (yeah, you'd think NBA players would have higher standards).....and I'm sure they know where the 24 hour buffets are.
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These guys said they were losing weight in the off season. They may very well, but a whole off season with no one on their ass to keep in shape....McDonald's, Burger King, KFC, Roscoe's, Long John silver (yeah, you'd think NBA players would have higher standards).....and I'm sure they know where the 24 hour buffets are.

I say Baron Davis goes off the rails and gets fatTER. I also can see someone like Carmelo gaining some weight for some reason.
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I say Baron Davis goes off the rails and gets fatTER. I also can see someone like Carmelo gaining some weight for some reason.
Don't forget Bargs and his primo pasta obsession.
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Maybe so but i don't think he's worth much more then 1Mil. He's had one decent season in the NBA and was injured a good chunk of last season.
Probably not. But, like I said, a few hundred thousand here and there is a big deal to someone who, relative to most of his peers, has slim career earnings.

Anyways, on a related note, I don't necessarily think a Euro squad will give him more than the qualifying offer the Raps made. I'd guess this is more about job security. The prospect of the NBA season being cancelled is risky business for dudes like Sonny. At least the Euro salary would put money in his pocket.
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Hey, maybe he'll learn how to shoot outside over there?
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