Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Lin bought out by Hawks; looks to join Raptors

Lin bought out by Hawks; looks to join Raptors

ESPN first reported Lin's plan to join the Raptors.

The plans to enter into an agreement with Lin comes one day after the Raptors finalized the conversion of two-way player Chris Boucher's contract to an National Basketball Association standard contract.

Jeremy Lin has been bought out by the Hawks and is expected to sign with the Raptors. The video of his memorably buzzer-beater in Toronto made the social media rounds. Gasol, who spent his first 10 1/2 seasons of his National Basketball Association career with the Memphis Grizzlies before being traded to Toronto last week, learned that lesson before the Raptors played the Nets.

Delon Wright is now in Memphis, Lorenzo Brown was waived in January, Jordan Loyd is still working on the transition from combo guard to lead guard and shortly before tip-off against the Brooklyn Nets, the Raptors revealed that they would be without Fred VanVleet for at least three weeks.

While Raptors coach Nick Nurse couldn't talk about the deal, Nets coach Kenny Anderson, who coached Lin in Brooklyn, did. You saw him guard Dwyane Wade in the playoffs.

Appearing in 51 games for Atlanta this season, the 30-year-old point guard has been a solid bench player.

Lin's salary - $13.8 million for the 2018-19 season - makes it impossible for a team to claim him off waivers.

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

The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder carries career averages of 11.8 points, 2.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.1 steals in 25.8 minutes in 457 games (218 starts), with a shooting line of 43.6/34.8/80.9. He has been part of three previous playoff runs, in 2013 and 2014 with Houston and in 2016 with Charlotte.

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