Jeremy Lin expected to bolster Raptors' playoff run following buyout with Hawks

Ruben Hill
February 12, 2019

Lin, 30, is averaging 10.7 points and 5.3 assists in just 19.7 minutes per game for the Hawks in his return to action after a season-ending injury a year ago.

The sugar high of "Linsanity" is long gone, and not coming to Canada in full.

Atlanta Hawks guard Jeremy Lin is finalizing a contract buyout, clearing the way for him to sign with the Toronto Raptors, his agents told ESPN.

This would be a good addition for the Raptors as Lin can come off the bench and provide some much-needed depth behind Kyle Lowry and Fred Van Vleet who have had missed time with injuries.

Lin, 30, will need to clear waivers first, something that should be a foregone conclusion given he's set to make $12.5 million this season.

On top of that, the Raptors get a marketable player as Linsanity is a big draw like he was with the New York Knicks.

Lin and the Hawks worked out a buyout agreement. The Raptors host the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night.

Toronto will become Lin's eighth National Basketball Association franchise, after stints with Golden State, New York, Houston, the Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte, Brooklyn and this season Atlanta.

The Raptors are now second in the East at 41-16.

Lin has averaged 11.8 points in 457 career games. He has been part of three previous playoff runs, in 2013 and 2014 with Houston and in 2016 with Charlotte.

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