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LIN LANDS IN TORONTO. Guard Jeremy Lin (#17) of the Toronto Raptors is defended by Washington Wizards guard Chasson Randle (#9) and center Thomas Bryant (#13) during the first half of a National Basketball Association game on February 13, 2019, in Toronto. Lin played 25 minutes in his Toronto debut after signing earlier in the day. He received a brief ovation when he checked in for Norman Powell at 4:05 of the first quarter. Lin finished with eight points, five assists, and five rebounds. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

From The Asian Reporter, V29, #04 (February 18, 2019), page 8.

Jeremy Lin gets bought out, signs with Raptors

By Tim Reynolds

The Associated Press

MIAMI ó Jeremy Lin is on the move again, with the veteran guard being waived by the Atlanta Hawks and signing with the playoff-contending Toronto Raptors.

The Hawks waived Lin on February 11 and Jim Tanner, one of his agents, confirmed Linís plan to join Toronto, which was first reported by ESPN.

Lin and the Hawks worked out a buyout agreement.

"The future is bright for Atlanta!!! I truly mean that!" Lin posted on Instagram. "Everyone who knows me knows how big my dreams are and that I have so much left to give to the game. Hyped to join the Raptors!!"

Lin thanked the Hawks, saying they helped him "become myself again on the basketball court and allowed me to experience the joy of hoops again!"

Toronto is Linís eighth National Basketball Association (NBA) franchise, after stints with Golden State, New York, Houston, the Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte, Brooklyn, and this season Atlanta. He appeared in 51 games for the Hawks, all but one of those as a reserve, averaging 10.7 points this season on nearly 47 percent shooting.

Lin gives the Raptors obvious depth at both guard spots, and will likely spend time backing up point guard Kyle Lowry and shooting guard Danny Green. And he is needed soon, with the Raptors announcing that backup guard Fred VanVleet is expected to miss at least three weeks with a partial ligament injury to his left thumb.

The plan to enter into an agreement with Lin came one day after the Raptors finalized the conversion of two-way player Chris Boucherís contract to an NBA standard contract.

Lin has averaged 11.8 points in 458 career games. He has been part of three previous playoff runs, in 2013 and 2014 with Houston and in 2016 with Charlotte.

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