Jeremy Lin Signs on with the Toronto Raptors
Jeremy Lin has found a new NBA home.
Bought out by the Atlanta Hawks, the veteran guard has signed with the Toronto Raptors, according to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Jeremy Lin is finalizing a buyout with Atlanta, clearing the way for him to sign with Toronto, agents Jim Tanner and Roger Montgomery tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 11, 2019
It is an exciting move for Lin as he will be transitioning from a lottery-bound team to one with legitimate championship aspirations. According to his Instagram, Lin has “so much left to give the game and is hyped to join the Raptors.”
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THANK YOU to the Hawks so much for this opportunity. Coming off of 2 years of being injured, you helped me become myself again on the basketball court and allowed me to experience the joy of hoops again! Thank you to the Ressler family, to Travis, to Coach Pierce, to my teammates. An organization that does things the right way, treats people the right way! What an honor it's been to get to play with Vince the 🐐 and to watch these young guys develop. The future is bright for Atlanta!!! I truly mean that! Everyone who knows me knows how big my dreams are and that I have so much left to give to the game. Hyped to join the Raptors!! Galatians 6:9 #WeTheNorth #NeverDone
Lin’s arrival in Toronto comes at a pressing time, as backup point guard Fred Van Vleet is expected to miss a minimum of 3 weeks with a partially torn ligament in his left thumb.
The Raptors are short on depth to begin with, after losing Delon Wright and CJ Miles in the Marc Gasol trade. Also, there were reports that the Raptors had signed Ben Mclemore to a 10-day contract, however that deal has fallen through.
For the Raptors, Lin will at times be a lead ball handler but will also likely share the court with Fred VanVleet, when he returns. Lin is a capable three-point shooter, but where he really excels is in the pick and roll and at creating his own shot. This season, he is at nearly 57% off of his shot attempts that come after three or more dribbles.
We would also be remised not to mention the Linsanity connections in Toronto. In the midst of his spectacular stretch of games for the Knicks where he nearly set a record for most total points scored by a player in his first five starts, Lin broke the hearts of Raptors fans with a game winner in 2014.
This season for the Hawks, Lin averaged 10.7 points, 3.5 assists and 2.3 rebounds. The Raptors will be his 8thNBA team, as he previously had stints with the Warriors, Knicks, Rockets, Lakers, Hornets, Nets and Hawks in his eight-plus seasons in the league.