Jeremy Lin plans to sign with Raptors after getting bought out

Ross Houston
February 12, 2019

The sugar high of "Linsanity" is long gone, and not coming to Canada in full.

It appears as if Linsanity is making its way north of the border as the Toronto Raptors are expected to land Jeremy Lin once he hits the open market.

National Basketball Association point guard Jeremy Lin is completing a contract buyout agreement with the Atlanta Hawks that will allow him to sign with the Toronto Raptors.


Lin gives the Raptors obvious depth at both guard spots, and will likely - once he clears waivers and joins Toronto - spend time backing up point guard Kyle Lowry and shooting guard Danny Green.

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.

The Toronto Raptors announced Monday that guard Fred VanVleet is out with a partial ligament injury to his left thumb. They recently traded Delon Wright, one of their backup guards, in a deal that brought in Marc Gasol from the Grizzlies. Lin has never advanced beyond the first round of the playoffs.


Now an National Basketball Association veteran, the Asian-American first made headlines when he burst onto the scene in 2011-12 with the New York Knicks, inspiring a global craze known as 'Linsanity.' The craze was so significant that when he hit a game-winning shot against the Raptors in 2012, it drew a huge cheer - in Toronto.

Lin began his career with the Golden State Warriors in 2010-11.

The Raptors entered Monday 41-16 and second in the Eastern Conference behind only NBA-leading Milwaukee.


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