Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
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Jeremy Lin leaving Hawks for Raptors

Jeremy Lin leaving Hawks for Raptors

"The future is bright for Atlanta!" An expiring contract brought a fair amount of rumored interest as last week's trade deadline approached, and the Hawks' initially reported stance on not doing a buyout seemingly shifted with a potential push from Lin's representation.

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.

The Toronto Raptors announced Monday that guard Fred VanVleet is out with a partial ligament injury to his left thumb. The Raptors host the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night. He fits the style of play I think Nick wants to play. You saw him guard Dwyane Wade in the playoffs.

Lin, 30, is averaging 10.7 points and 5.3 assists in just 19.7 minutes per game for the Hawks in his return to action after a season-ending injury past year.

He is no stranger to big games at Scotiabank Arena as he scored 20 points to go with nine assists in the Hawks and Raptors meeting earlier this season.

The plan 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.

Lin averaged 14.6 points in 35 games for the Knicks that season, a huge uptick from his rookie season with the Golden State Warriors when he was used sparingly.

Toronto is now 41-16 and leading the Eastern Division.

- With files from The Associated Press.

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