Have you ever wondered what happened to one of your favourite players? Or maybe it was a player you didn't like, but are curious to know what they are doing. Today, we take a look at former Toronto Raptors guard Sonny Weems and look at where he is today. First, let's take a quick look at how he started out in the NBA.
Clarence "Sonny" Weems was selected with the 38th pick in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls, but he was immediately traded to the Denver Nuggets for a second round pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. Weems career got off to a rough start as he dealt with a sports hernia and groin injury early on. Since he wasn't ready for the NBA, the Nuggets assigned him to the D-League. Weems played 10 games in the D-League for the Colorado 14ers, where he averaged 18 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. After a strong showing in the D-League, Weems was recalled back to the Nuggets in January of 2009.
On January 17, 2009, Sonny Weems scored four points in his NBA season debut. He would go on to play a total of 12 games for the Nuggets that year, but rarely making an appearance on the court. Weems was traded in July 2009 to the Milwaukee Bucks for Malik Allen.
Less than three weeks after being traded to Milwaukee, Weems was traded again – this time to the Toronto Raptors. Weems, along with Amir Johnson, were sent to Toronto for Carlos Delfino and Roko Ukic. From 2009-2011, Sonny Weems would go on to play 128 games for the Raptors, starting 47 of those games. He averaged about 8.4 points per game in his two seasons with the Raptors, including a career high 9.2 points per game in 2010-2011.
Although he played well for the Raptors, the team decided to go in a different direction and didn't bring Weems back after the 2010-2011 season. Weems couldn't find a job in the NBA so he left for Lithuania. In July 2011, he signed a one-year contract with BC Zalgiris-Kaunas. He played 15 games, averaging 15.5 points per game and five rebounds per game. In March 2012, Weems' contract was terminated after he suffered a season ending injury.
Since he was out of a job, Sonny Weems moved to Russia where he signed a three-year contract to play with CSKA Moscow in 2012. Weems currently plays for CSKA Moscow where he has developed a more efficient game and is trying to take on a role as one of the team's leaders.
That brings back good memories. The three of them had an undeniable bond and looked like they were going to take the Raptors to the next level. With their athleticism, chemistry and high flying ability, they were ready to put Toronto back on the map. Then, after the 2010-2011 NBA season, the Raptors didn't bring back Sonny Weems. It's disappointing how at the end of the video Sonny says "T-Dot, we ain't going nowhere" and he ends up being off the team a year later.
In 2012, the Raptors extended a qualifying offer to Sonny Weems. The deal was for $1.1 million and it would make Weems, who was currently playing in Lithuania, a restricted free agent. Two weeks later, the Raptors withdrew their offer to Weems, making him an unrestricted free agent.
As mentioned earlier, Sonny Weems now plays for CSKA Moscow in Russia. CSKA Moscow played two preseason games against NBA teams recently with Weems only seeing action in one of the games. He scored 16 points on 7-12 shooting in a 95-93 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. Weems is usually amongst CSKA Moscow's leaders in minutes per game and he will look to carry them this season. If he puts forth a good season with quality play, Weems could play his way back in the NBA shortly.
He wasn't always the most consistent shooter, but he brought energy, effort and was a fan favourite at the time. Sonny Weems is a high flyer who also has the ability to lock opponents down on defense. Being 6'6, he also is versatile enough to play either the shooting guard or small forward position.
With the direction the Raptors are going and by looking at their preseason roster, there's no reason why Sonny Weems can't come in and occupy one of the roster spots. He could be at the bottom of the depth chart, but provide a spark for the Raptors any time he entered the game.
He won't be joining the team in 2013-2014, but it would be nice to see Sonny Weems back in a Raptors uniform in 2014-2015. Weems is currently 27 years old and has lots of years left playing basketball.
So what do you think? Would you like to see Sonny Weems back? Would you like to see "The Young Gunz" reunite?
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