Jeremy Lin To Sign with Raptors after Hawks Buyout

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After missing all but one game of the 2017-18 season with a ruptured patella tendon, Lin has averaged 10.7 points in 19.7 minutes per game.

The sugar high of "Linsanity" is long gone, and not coming to Canada in full.

Expect Lin to fill in for the departed Delon Wright, playing behind point guards Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet.

Lin was enjoying a dazzling breakout season in NY in 2011-12 when he brought his "Linsanity" road show to Toronto, draining a three-point dagger at the buzzer to lift the Knicks 90-87 over the Raptors.

Needless to say, this makes the reported expected signing of Jeremy Lin all the more vital.

The Hawks tried to deal Lin ahead of the February 3 trade deadline but could not find a match in part due to the 30-year-old's $12.5 million salary.

Atlanta Hawks guard Jeremy Lin (7) dribbles the ball as Washington Wizards forward Jeff Green (32) defends in the second quarter at Capital One Arena. The Raptors host the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night.

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.

The Raptors are now one game back of the Milwaukee Bucks for the top seed in the Eastern Conference, as they both have 41 wins but the Raptors have two extra losses.

- With files from The Associated Press.

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