Sonny Weems was one of the first guys on the NBA bubble who during the 2011 NBA lockout said “screw this, I’m going to go get paid in Europe” and signed to play in Lithuania. He stayed overseas and got paid for a few seasons, spending the last one with Russian powerhouse CSKA Moscow, but starting to eye an NBA return.
Now he’s back.
Weems has reached a deal to return to the Phoenix Suns, reports Chris Broussard of ESPN.
That’s a little bit of a pay cut from the $3 million he was under contract for in Russia (he had an opt-out to return to the NBA).
Weems scored 9.2 points and played almost 24 minutes a night for the Raptors when last he was in the NBA. However, reports out of Europe say the small forward has improved his game — he shot nearly 40 percent from three last season — and he could step in and give the Suns some help on the wings.
Weems will be battling for minutes with P.J. Tucker and T.J. Warren, and someone is going to lose out in that group and be mostly glued to the bench.
Also, here’s the best highlight we have of Weems in Europe, it should make Suns fans smile.