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Jeremy Lin poised to sign with Toronto following buyout with Atlanta

12 February 2019

Toronto will become Lin's eighth National Basketball Association franchise, after stints with Golden State, New York, Houston, the Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte, Brooklyn and this season Atlanta.

Now an National Basketball Association veteran, the Asian-American first made headlines when he burst onto the scene in 2011-12 with the New York Knicks, inspiring a global craze known as 'Linsanity.' The craze was so significant that when he hit a game-winning shot against the Raptors in 2012, it drew a huge cheer - in Toronto.

And the team announced Monday that backup guard Fred VanVleet will be sidelined for three weeks with a ligament injury in his thumb.

Linsanity is coming to Canada.

Jeremy Lin is expected to sign with the Raptors after he finalizes a buyout with the Hawks, reports ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

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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. He's an elite competitor.

Toronto will be his eighth employer in nine seasons in the league. Adding Lin doesn't necessarily qualify as an attack of the buyout market, but there haven't been many getting done to this point.

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

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.

Jeremy Lin poised to sign with Toronto following buyout with Atlanta