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

Tanya Simon
February 12, 2019

Lin has played in 51 games for the Hawks this season, averaging 10.7 points, 3.5 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game.

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.

National Basketball Association point guard Jeremy Lin is completing a contract buyout agreement with the Atlanta Hawks that will allow him to sign with the Toronto Raptors.

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.

Lin was enjoying a dazzling breakout season in NY in 2011-12 when he brought his "Linsanity" road show to Toronto, draining a three-point dagger at the buzzer to lift the Knicks 90-87 over the Raptors.

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He also either didn't remember or didn't care that he was mic'ed up, shouting out multiple expletives on national TV. By halftime, the former Penn State quarterback was 3-11 for a total of 20 yards.

Lin was effective as a backup and mentor to Hawks' first-round pick Trae Young.

Lin is earning $12.5 million in his first season with the Hawks.

The three week minimum timeline likely sidelines him for the entirety of the six-game homestand for the Raptors that begins Monday night against Brooklyn.

The Raptors entered Monday 41-16 and second in the Eastern Conference behind only NBA-leading Milwaukee.

Lin began his career with the Golden State Warriors in 2010-11.

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