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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.
    Source: Hoopsworld

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    Good for him. Might as well make some money.

    Good for the Raps too, because with DD, Bayless and Barbosa on the roster he was clearly the odd man out.
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    We still retain his rights so once his contract expires we can give him a new contract

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    I fail to see how he's the odd man out when he's been used primarily as the SF.
    It's about money

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    Quote philwill wrote: View Post
    I fail to see how he's the odd man out when he's been used primarily as the SF.
    James Johnson. Linas Kleiza. The new logjam at PF means Kleiza will never be playing the four, which shifts him entirely to the three. I can see Sonny being the odd-man out, Barbosa's got the backup SG all sewn up too.

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    No more chucky!
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    all the best to him.

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    Good for him. He needs the dough and didnt have much of a role here going forward. Who knows, maybe hell get his confidence back after getting more run. If so, we can sign him again .. if not, no real loss either way ...

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    Hell be a defensive stopper over there. Sonny "Lockdown" Weems.

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    not another franchise player gone to another team. =*(

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    Smart move imo. Sonny will get a steady paycheque through an uncertain labour situation. I always enjoyed watching him finish on the fast break. With the Raptors bringing in Kleiza, Wright, and J. Johnson in close succession, it had a negative effect on his confidence.
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    I figured I would translate the most commonly heard words during shoot around in the Eurolegue:

    "Jesus, is that Sonny Weems?"
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    "Jesús, es que Sonny Weems?"
    "Ο Ιησούς, είναι ότι Σόνι Weems?"
    "Gesů, č che Sonny Weems?"
    "Jésus, c'est que Sonny Weems?"
    "Jėzus yra tai, kad Sonny Weems?"
    "Иисус, является то, что Сонни Уимс?"
    "Isus, da je Sonny Weems?"
    "Исус, да Сони Веемс?"

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    i think its a good thing, he'll probably have a bigger role on a team there and get more minutes. He'll develop his game and come back to the raptors hopefully a better player.

    OR

    He'll come back and just bomb

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    The kidding aside, he may become a more complete player over there, it was good for Anthony Parker.

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    Look at what playing in Europe did for Anthony Parkers game.
    His first 3 years, he was inconsistent, unreliable and couldn't shoot.

    When he came back he was our most consistent, most reliable and best shooting player on the team.

    ADD MMLM beat me by a minute! haha
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    Quote MyMomLovesMe wrote: View Post
    The kidding aside, he may become a more complete player over there, it was good for Anthony Parker.
    That's who I always say Sonny should strive to emulate. I'm happy for him and glad to see him go. Don't have anything against him but if we're going to build this team, I think a vet would help chemistry more. He'll definitely get more of a chance to develop his game over there and maybe come back a better player. Good news for everybody, really

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    Smart move. This way he slips underneath the NBA/FIBA verbal agreement and also beats the potential rush.

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    I wonder what team it will be... here's hoping it's Lietuvos Rytas! Sonny going over to get a head-start on learning to run the pick-and-roll with JV.

    This is great for his development though, and I'm actually a little impressed (which would be just about the first time that I've been impressed with anything about Weems) that he's taking a route that isn't particularly easy, but shows that he's thinking about his game and his career. I wonder if he talked about this with the Raptors - perhaps they even gave him a few names to call.

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    if he becomes better i have no issue with it

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    Quote Apollo wrote: View Post
    Smart move. This way he slips underneath the NBA/FIBA verbal agreement and also beats the potential rush.
    This could be the first smart bit of advice Sonny has ever received based on his on and off court decisions the last couple of seasons.

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