Hawks’ Jeremy Lin Finalizing Buyout, Intends to Sign With Raptors

Jeremy Lin during his time with the Rockets. Photo by Ezra Acayan/NurPhoto/REX/Shutterstock

It looks like Canada might experience Linsanity as well. According to ESPN, Atlanta Hawks’ guard Jeremy Lin is finalizing his contract buyout with the team and intends to sign with the Toronto Raptors once the process is over.

Lin’s agents Jim Tanner and Roger Montgomery confirmed the news, saying that the 30-year-old, who is owed $13.8 million for the 2018-19 season, is expected to finish the buyout on Monday and sign with the Raptors around midweek.

Jeremy Lin played a total of 51 games with Atlanta Hawks this season, averaging 10.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game, with most of his contributions coming from the bench. He is expected to provide significant depth to the Raptors’ bench as well, especially considering the fact that they’ve traded away several key role players in order to acquire Marc Gasol. In Toronto, Lin will probably share his minutes with Fred VanVleet, with the pair taking roles in acting as Kyle Lowry’s backup.

Jeremy Lin played for several NBA teams during his career, including Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, and Brooklyn Nets. He played his best basketball, however, in 2012, when he managed to average 14.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 6.2 assists per game.