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Jeremy Lin is indeed going to be bought out by the Atlanta Hawks, and he’s headed north of the border to the Toronto Raptors.
It’s been just over seven years since “Linsanity” descended on the New York Knicks, via a little-known point guard named Jeremy Lin. Now a grizzled and well-traveled veteran at 30 years old, Lin is set to be headed to the Toronto Raptors as soon as the Atlanta Hawks formally purchase him out.
Lin performed in 51 video games for the Hawks this season, beginning one, as he’s averaging 10.7 factors, 3.5 assists and a couple of.Three rebounds per sport so far. An expiring contract introduced a good quantity of rumored curiosity as final week’s commerce deadline approached, and the Hawks’ initially reported stance on not doing a buyout seemingly shifted with a possible push from Lin’s illustration.
With Kyle Lowry coping with a lingering again situation, and Fred VanVleet (left thumb soreness) now just a little banged up himself, Lin might discover a strong fast function off the bench for the Raptors. As they appear to recover from the hump in a LeBron James-less Japanese Convention and make a deep playoff run, including a veteran backcourt piece like Lin seems to be like transfer.
The commerce with the Memphis Grizzlies for Marc Gasol took away a few of their depth (Delon Wright, C.J. Miles), and Raptors president Masai Ujiri shortly recommended the group would “assault” the buyout market after the commerce deadline. Including Lin doesn’t essentially qualify as an assault of the buyout market, however there haven’t been many getting performed thus far. There’s nonetheless time for that to alter although, with a March 1 deadline for gamers who’re waived or purchased out to be added and be postseason eligible for a brand new group.
The sugar excessive of “Linsanity” is lengthy gone, and never coming to Canada in full. However with some playoff expertise (17 video games) to supply, together with double-digit scoring off the bench, Lin is bound to shortly change into a fan favourite in Toronto.