Weems Sitting Out Remainder of Season: Sonny Weems, who signed with Zalgiris Kaunas in Lithuania during the lockout, will put off his free agency until July. Rather than returning to the NBA this season, he will sit out the remainder of the 2011-12 NBA season and enter restricted free agency this offseason. The Toronto Raptors will be able to match any offer he receives in July.
If Weems returned to the NBA now, he would find himself in the same tough spot as Wilson Chandler. Heís a restricted free agent, but the deadline to sign an offer sheet with another team passed on March 1. That means he would only be able to negotiate with the Raptors, who havenít made it known that Weems in their plans. While Chandler was able to sign a long-term deal with the Denver Nuggets under similar circumstance, Weems would rather wait until July to weigh his options.
By sitting out for the remainder of the season, Weems can enter traditional free agency when more teams have money to throw around. Last season, Weems averaged 9.2 points off the bench for the Raptors.