Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Jeremy Lin To Sign with Raptors after Hawks Buyout

Jeremy Lin To Sign with Raptors after Hawks Buyout

This is expected to make the addition of Jeremy Lin more impactful for Toronto, as he'll immediately step into a key role. 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.

Agents Jim Tanner and Roger Montgomery told ESPN on Monday that Lin could be with the Raptors by the middle of the week.

The soon-to-be Raptor has taken to Instagram to announce that he'll be wearing No. 17 when he officially signs with Toronto. The video of his memorably buzzer-beater in Toronto made the social media rounds.

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Delon Wright is now in Memphis, Lorenzo Brown was waived in January, Jordan Loyd is still working on the transition from combo guard to lead guard and shortly before tip-off against the Brooklyn Nets, the Raptors revealed that they would be without Fred VanVleet for at least three weeks. Much better defender than people think. Everyone competes in this league, but I think there is a pocket of guys that go above and beyond that. You saw him guard Dwyane Wade in the playoffs.

Russell had a double-double - his seventh of the season - with 28 points and a career-high 14 assists, plus seven rebounds.

The second-year backup guard is averaging 10.5 points and 4.6 assists while shooting 36.6 percent from 3-point distance in 51 appearances with the Raptors this season. Can he be a valuable player for the Raptors down the stretch?

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The Toronto Raptors hold down the second spot in the East fairly comfortably right now, entering Monday's action tied in the win column with the Bucks and two back in the loss column at 41-16.

Lin has averaged 11.8 points in 457 career games.

- With files from The Associated Press.

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