Lin to join Raptors after Hawks' buyout

Fred Van Vleet Injury Update

In 51 games this season (22 starts), VanVleet is averaging 10.5 points, 4.6 assists and 2.7 rebounds in 26.8 minutes per game. The Air Canada Centre fans, many of whom were there to witness the so-called Linsanity, erupted in a mix of disbelief and delirium. The Raptors would be the eighth National Basketball Association team Lin has played for in his career, which includes stops with the Warriors, Knicks, Rockets, Lakers, Hornets, Nets, and Hawks.

With the King now out West, however, the addition of both Lin and the recently acquired Marc Gasol - alongside, of course, franchise superstar Kawhi Leonard - may be the final pieces of the puzzle in pulling the Raptors out of the Eastern Conference.

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.

He suffered the injury in the second quarter of Saturday's win in NY.

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Jeremy Lin is finalizing a buyout with the Atlanta Hawks and is expected to sign with the Toronto Raptors, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Toronto will be his eighth employer in nine seasons in the league.

Lin has averaged 11.8 points in 457 career games.

The Raptors are now second in the East at 41-16. He has been part of three previous playoff runs, in 2013 and 2014 with Houston and in 2016 with Charlotte.

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