Sonny Weems has agreed to a $5.8 million, 2-year contract with the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday. The European shooting guard shall fill up Suns’ bench backup court for next season. The contract came as Weems’ 29th birthday gift on Wednesday from the Suns, which holds $2.94 million team option for the second year. While Weems was celebrating his birthday with his friends in Mexico, his agent confirmed the deal.
“I envision him doing well because of the way the Suns play,” said his agent Roger Montgomery, who added that the Suns have kept contact with Weems for the past two years. “Sonny is a two-way player. Not many people can play in Europe. Being able to play both ways shows his maturity.”
Weems featured in Europe for the last four years including his three-year stint with Euroleague power CSKA Moscow, where he developed his long-range shooting and all-around game. The first year he spent in Lithuania.
Weems was 40.1 % in 3-point shooting in 57 games of the two leagues he played last season. He averaged 13.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 26.5 minutes per game during Euroleague play and 11.5 points, r2.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 21.7 minutes per game in the Russian league.
Eyeing a return to NBA he terminated his contract with the Moscow outfit which guaranteed him $6 million for the next two seasons.
In NBA, he played for Denver and Toronto for three seasons. In 2010-11, he last played for the Raptors while averaging 9.2 points per game on 44.4 percent shooting.