West Memphis and Razorback alum Sonny Weems signs with Lithuanian team

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.