Jeremy Lin poised to sign with Toronto following buyout with Atlanta

Doug Mendoza
February 13, 2019

Jeremy Lin is finalizing a buyout with the Atlanta Hawks and is expected to sign with the Toronto Raptors, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. 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 gives the Raptors obvious depth at both guard spots, and will likely - once he clears waivers and joins Toronto - spend time backing up both point guard Kyle Lowry and shooting guard Danny Green. The video of his memorably buzzer-beater in Toronto made the social media rounds.

Lin thanked the Hawks, saying they helped him "become myself again on the basketball court and allowed me to experience the joy of hoops again!"

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While Raptors coach Nick Nurse couldn't talk about the deal, Nets coach Kenny Anderson, who coached Lin in Brooklyn, did. "What I always said about Jeremy, he's a heckuva competitor". Everyone competes in this league, but I think there is a pocket of guys that go above and beyond that.

Lin is averaging 10.7 points and 3.5 assists while shooting 46.6% from the field in his ninth season. Can he be a valuable player for the Raptors down the stretch?

The Raptors are now second in the East at 41-16.

Dating even further back than that, in 2012 during his "Linsanity" run he recorded a double-double of 27 points and 11 assists before burying a game-winning 3-pointer to beat the Raptors.

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