Jeremy Lin headed to Raptors after buyout from Hawks

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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.

Linsanity is coming to Canada.

Shortly after news broke that the Raptors were preparing to sign Jeremy Lin, the team announced some bad news with regards to the backcourt.

Guard Jeremy Lin and the Atlanta Hawks are finalizing a buyout of his contract, and he then expects to sign with the Toronto Raptors, according to an ESPN report. Lin has never advanced beyond the first round of the playoffs.

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The injury occurred in the second quarter of Saturday night's victory at NY.

Lin's arrival in Toronto takes on greater importance with Raptors guard Fred VanVleet expected to miss at least three weeks with a partially torn ligament in his left thumb.

In Toronto, he is expected to add depth behind Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet as the Raptors pursue the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, now a game behind Milwaukee.

The Raptors were expected to be active in the buyout market after losing four players, while bringing back only Marc Gasol, on trade deadline day. Although both Wright and Lin have been 33.3 percent three-point shooters, Lin had a major advantage in two-point field goal percentage (.535 to.485) and assist rate (27.1 percent to 16.9 percent).