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Jeremy Lin explains why he signed with Raptors

After he was waived by the Atlanta Hawks, Jeremy Lin was free to sign with any team of his choice and the veteran point guard reportedly received interest from multiple teams.

In the end, though, Lin signed with the Toronto Raptors and is now on a team which has a great chance at winning the NBA Finals this season.

Lin made his Raptors debut on Wednesday at home against the Washington Wizards and finished with eight points, five rebounds and five assists in 25 minutes of action. Toronto defeated the Wizards by a final score of 129-120 to improve to 43-16 on the season.

After the game, Jeremy Lin met with local reporters for the first time as a Raptor and explained why he joined the franchise.

The Raptors needed Jeremy Lin because they lost Fred VanVleet on Wednesday for five weeks. Lin will back up All-Star Kyle Lowry at the point guard position.

The 30-year-old Lin entered Wednesday averaging 10.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game while shooting 46.6 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 84.5 percent from the free-throw line.

Lin has played in the postseason three times before, but he’s never gone far in the playoffs, something that is going to change now that he’s on the Raptors.