Raptors extend qualifying offer to Hog & West Memphis alum Sonny Weems

TORONTO (National Post) - The Toronto Raptors are not cutting ties with forward Sonny Weems — at least not yet.

The Raptors extended a qualifying offer the swingman on Monday, meaning Weems will be a restricted free agent whenever NBA free agency starts. (The current collective bargaining agreement is set to expire on Friday, when most expect the league to lock out its players.) The Raptors would have first right of refusal for any offer sheet tendered to Weems by any other team.

Weems made $854,389 last year. As such, a qualifying offer would be worth just more than $1.067 million. However, the Raptors are not tied to the offer. This just allows the Raptors to keep their options open, whether they want to re-sign Weems or trade his rights. They also could rescind the offer.

Last season, Weems averaged 9.2 points and 2.6 rebounds in 59 games. Weems missed a chunk of games due to a back injury, and was playing behind James Johnson late in the season.