Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Toronto Raptors: Jeremy Lin brings much needed experience, depth off bench

Toronto Raptors: Jeremy Lin brings much needed experience, depth off bench

The buyout is expected to be finalized by Monday and Lin may sign with the Raptors as soon as mid-week, according to agents Jim Tanner and Roger Montgomery via ESPN. He's averaged almost 20 minutes per game, scoring 10.7 points, dishing 3.5 assists and hauling down 2.3 rebounds per contest.

On top of that, the Raptors get a marketable player as Linsanity is a big draw like he was with the New York Knicks.

Lin gives the Raptors a much-needed point guard after the team traded away Delon Wright in last week's blockbuster deal that brought Marc Gasol to Toronto.

The Toronto Raptors will be without backup point guard Fred VanVleet for the next three weeks at least after suffering a partial ligament injury to his left thumb, the team confirmed.

Lin, 30, will need to clear waivers first, something that should be a foregone conclusion given he's set to make $12.5 million this season.

Toronto will be his eighth employer in nine seasons in the league.

The Raptors entered Monday 41-16 and second in the Eastern Conference behind only NBA-leading Milwaukee. Adding Lin doesn't necessarily qualify as an attack of the buyout market, but there haven't been many getting done to this point. He has been part of three previous playoff runs, in 2013 and 2014 with Houston and in 2016 with Charlotte.

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