The Toronto Raptors are expected to sign Lin once he finalizes a buyout with the Atlanta Hawks according to a new report.
ESPN‘s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the veteran point guard is finalizing a buyout with the Atlanta Hawks and will sign with Toronto following his release, according to his agents Jim Tanner and Roger Montgomery.
Appearing in 51 games for Atlanta this season, the 30-year-old is averaging 10.7 points, 3.5 assists and 2.3 rebounds per contest, shooting 33.3 percent from three-point range while playing 19.7 minutes a game. Over his career, the California native is averaging 11.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists and shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc.
This would be a good addition for the Raptors as Lin can come off the bench and provide some much-needed depth behind Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet, who have both missed time with injuries. The team announced that Van Vleet is currently dealing with soreness in his left thumb.
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Lowry has been dealing with a back injury, so giving him time off down the stretch would keep him from being overworked heading into the playoffs. Also, Lin brings playmaking ability and should be able to fit into Nick Nurse’s offence.
It will be interesting to see how much of a role Lin will have in the rotation, but considering the difference lineups Nurse likes to throw out, expect the 30-year-old to get some playing time down the stretch and in the playoffs.
On top of that, the Raptors get a marketable player as Linsanity is a big draw, as he proved with the New York Knicks. Fans might also remember back in 2012, when Lin hit a game-winner against Toronto.
Now he gets a chance to do that for the Raptors.
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