Jeremy Lin has found a new NBA home.
The veteran guard is finalizing a contract buyout with the Atlanta Hawks, and is then expected to sign with the Toronto Raptors as early as this week, according to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The jump will be a big one for Lin, as he will go from a lottery-bound team to one with championship aspirations.
The Hawks tried to deal Lin, 30, prior to last week’s trade deadline but were unable to find a taker due to his bulky $12.5 million contract for the current season. Once he clears waivers following his buyout with Atlanta, he will be available for the league minimum. He is set to be an unrestricted free agent after the season.
Lin will help to bolster Toronto’s bench for the playoff push, and he will see some serious minutes as a reserve guard in the wake of the loss of Delon Wright and C.J. Miles in the trade to that brought Marc Gasol to Toronto.
The addition of Lin comes at just the right time for the Raptors as the team announced guard Fred VanVleet is expected to miss multiple weeks of action due to a partial ligament injury to his left thumb, per Wojnarowski. Thanks to this injury, Lin will be thrown right into the fire with his new team. The Raptors say VanVleet will wear a splint for three weeks before his thumb gets re-evaluated.
The Raptors, back in action on Monday against the Nets (7:30 p.m. ET — watch on fuboTV with the NBA League Pass extension), will be the eighth team that Lin suits up for in his career, following stints with the Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte Hornets, Brooklyn Nets and Hawks. Lin, averaged 10.7 points, 3.5 assists and 2.3 rebounds in 51 games for the Hawks this season.
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