Raptors' Fred VanVleet out 3 weeks with injured thumb

Heather Diaz
February 12, 2019

"The future is bright for Atlanta!"

Atlanta was Lin's seventh team in his career.

Lin and the Hawks worked out a buyout agreement.

With the King now out West, however, the addition of both Lin and the recently acquired Marc Gasol - alongside, of course, franchise superstar Kawhi Leonard - may be the final pieces of the puzzle in pulling the Raptors out of the Eastern Conference.

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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.

The Toronto Raptors will be without backup point guard Fred VanVleet for the next three weeks at least after suffering a partial ligament injury to his left thumb, the team confirmed. The Raptors host the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night. "What I always said about Jeremy, he's a heckuva competitor". He's an elite competitor. You saw him guard Dwyane Wade in the playoffs.

Toronto is now well positioned to win the Eastern Conference - one game behind Milwaukee. The Palo Alto, California native is averaging 10.7 points, 3.5 assists, and 2.3 rebounds in 51 games for the Hawks this season. Fans might also remember back in 2012 when Lin hit a game-winner against Toronto. He has been part of three previous playoff runs, in 2013 and 2014 with Houston and in 2016 with Charlotte.

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