Raptors to sign veteran PG Lin

Heather Diaz
February 13, 2019

Atlanta was Lin's seventh team in his career.

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.

Jeremy Lin is apparently ready to hit the court with the Toronto Raptors, even if he has yet to sign his new contract. He appeared in 51 games for the Hawks, all but one of those as a reserve, averaging 10.7 points this season on almost 47 per cent shooting.

The Hawks waived Lin on Monday, and his move to Toronto, first reported by ESPN, had "Linsanity" trending on Twitter.

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In Toronto, he is expected to add depth behind Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet as the Raptors pursue the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, now a game behind Milwaukee.

The Raptors were looking for a third point guard after trading Delon Wright to the Memphis Grizzlies as part of the deal to acquire Marc Gasol last week.

VanVleet will wear a splint for the next three weeks before being re-evaluated. He's averaged almost 20 minutes per game, scoring 10.7 points, dishing 3.5 assists and hauling down 2.3 rebounds per contest.

The Toronto Raptors are reportedly getting one of the top targets on the buyout market. But with some playoff experience (17 games) to offer, along with double-digit scoring off the bench, Lin is sure to quickly become a fan favorite in Toronto. Can he be a valuable player for the Raptors down the stretch?

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