Report: Jeremy Lin heading to Raptors after he finishes buyout with Hawks
Lin has been looking for a new home for the last few months after playing a mentorship role for young Trae Young during the first part of the 2018-19 season. The veteran point guard has been playing well after missing the vast majority of 2017-18 with a season-ending injury.
His 10.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists in only 19.7 minutes per game won’t be nearly as valuable to the Hawks as it will be to the Raptors, who are chasing the No. 1 seed in the East.
The ninth-year guard is shooting a career-high 46.6 percent from the field and 84.5 percent from the foul line — two attributes that could help the Raptors in their quest for climbing up the ranks, currently a full game behind the Milwaukee Bucks.
Lin could take the spot Delon Wright had before being traded by the team for Marc Gasol, likely challenging Fred Van Vleet for minutes throughout the rest of the season.
Toronto is still fine-tuning lineups after Gasol’s arrival and could continue to do so until the All-Star break, which should serve as a stabilizer before the Raptors trot out something closer to the final product heading into the postseason.