NEW YORK (AP) - Sonny Weems has joined Zalgiris Kaunas of
Lithuania, the first NBA player to sign a contract during the
Roger Montgomery, Weems' agent, says his client signed the deal
Thursday without an NBA opt-out clause. He believes with the
league's uncertain labor situation, it was "in our best interest
to unpack our bags and stay the entire year."
Weems played last season for Toronto and was a restricted free
agent. The Raptors extended a qualifying offer, meaning they would
maintain the right to match any offer by another team if he
returned to the NBA.
Montgomery says Weems could play 70 games next season, a good
opportunity for a young player instead of losing the entire year if
the NBA and players don't reach a deal.