Jeremy Lin To Sign with Raptors after Hawks Buyout

Jeremy Lin To Sign with Raptors after Hawks Buyout

Toronto acquired some insurance at the point guard position Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) when they agreed to sign veteran Jeremy Lin, who is being waived by the Atlanta Hawks.

Lin, 30, will be joining his sixth team since Linsanity ended in 2012 - and seventh overall - and likely soon will make his fourth career playoff appearance, joining a Raptors (41-16) team with the second best record in the Eastern Conference.

Lin is averaging 10.7 points and 3.5 assists while shooting 46.6% from the field in his ninth season. An expiring contract brought a fair amount of rumored interest as last week's trade deadline approached, and the Hawks' initially reported stance on not doing a buyout seemingly shifted with a potential push from Lin's representation.

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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Lin's arrival in Toronto takes on greater importance with Raptors guard Fred VanVleet expected to miss at least three weeks with a partially torn ligament in his left thumb. 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.

Jeremy Lin #7 of the Atlanta Hawks handles the ball against the Washington Wizards on February 4, 2019 at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC.

But Crabbe later hit back-to-back 3-pointers to tie the game with 1:34 remaining at 120. Can he be a valuable player for the Raptors down the stretch?

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