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Report: Suns reach two-year deal to bring Sonny Weems back to NBA

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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.

NBA admits three incorrect calls by referees in final minute of Suns’ win over Pelicans

Quincy Pondexter, T.J. Warren

The NBA has recently begun publishing Last Two Minute reports of calls made by the officials in all games where the margin was within five points with two minutes to play.

Fans may disagree, but for the most part, the referees at the NBA level do a consistent job of officiating well in a fast-paced environment where they’re forced to make split-second decisions, and these reports largely confirm as much.

But in the final minute of Thursday night’s contest between the Suns and the Pelicans — a game the Suns won by two points, and one that was critical in keeping Phoenix’s fading playoff hopes alive — the league’s report concluded that the officials botched three different calls in the final 49.5 seconds.

Depending on who you were rooting for, the first incorrect call was probably the most egregious.

With 46.1 seconds remaining, Eric Gordon drains a wide open three to cut a four-point lead down to just one. The problem was that Quincy Pondexter set an illegal screen on P.J. Tucker to get Gordon loose, but the officials swallowed their respective whistles.

“Pondexter turns sideways while setting the screen on Tucker and does not give him the opportunity to stop and/or change direction,” the report said.

The last two calls the league deemed to be incorrect came on the same possession, with under eight seconds remaining. Tyreke Evans traveled before he got up his attempt at a potentially game-winning shot, but no call was made.

“Evans ends his dribble on his right foot, then goes left, right, left for a total of 3 steps,” the report says.

Then, on the ensuing scramble for the rebound, Eric Bledsoe was ruled to have fouled Alexis Ajinca, but again, nothing was called.

What all of these plays have in common is the referees seemingly not wanting to decide the game; they’d rather be left out of the story, and have the players decide it themselves. Most fans are likely fine with that way of thinking — unless their favorite team is the one that happened to get hosed.

P.J. Tucker and Eric Bledsoe screw up inbound (video)

Golden State Warriors v Phoenix Suns

The Suns apparently didn’t learn from Norris Cole and Hassan Whiteside, though this miscue by P.J. Tucker and Eric Bledsoe was a bit more complex.

Tucker was going out of bounds to get the ball from Bledsoe, who had already picked it up behind the baseline. But before Tucker could get there, Bledsoe inbounded the ball, and Tucker couldn’t stop his momentum. So, Bledsoe put Tucker in a nearly impossible spot.

But why was Tucker going out of bounds? Why not just let Bledsoe inbound him the ball and then pass it back once Bledsoe came inbounds?

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