Sonny Weems Headed Overseas and Other NBA Lockout News

Zach HerringCorrespondent IIJuly 2, 2011

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 02:  Sonny Weems #24 of the Toronto Raptors against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on December 2, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The NBA lockout is already showing its effects on the players. As first reported by HoopsWorld, Sonny Weems, formerly of the Toronto Raptors, is close to signing a contract to play in Europe for a year.

The contract does not have an NBA-out clause, which means that even if the NBA doesn’t miss games, he’s still going to be playing in Europe.

Weems averaged a career high in points in 2010-11, with 9.2 per game, and he played in 59 games.

Other players are also looking at overseas options; Jeff Adrien was waived by the Golden State Warriors and will probably be looking to play in Europe.

Vladimir Radmanovic is another name being tossed around in NBA-to-Europe rumors. ESPN Insider says that there is a good chance he will head to Serbia and play there for a season.

Atlanta Hawks free agent Hilton Armstrong has signed with French club ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne.

Brian Scalabrine of the Chicago Bulls told the Chicago Tribune that he has seven or eight offers overseas and will probably sign in Italy.

Houston Rockets draft pick Donatas Motiejunas has also stated that if the lockout cuts into the season, he will return to Italy and play for Benetton Treviso once again.

"I still have a contract with Benetton," Motiejunas tells the Houston Chronicle. "They told me if I want to leave in the middle of the season when the team that took me, Houston, wants me, they would let me go. That will be no problem."

If the lockout takes up a good portion of the NBA season, don’t be surprised to see Motiejunas stay in Italy for a full season.