The legend of Linsanity is headed for a new chapter.
Jeremy Lin, guard for the Atlanta Hawks, is currently finalizing a buyout of the final year of his contract. Lin, 30, is currently in the midst of a season where he is averaging 10.7 points, 2.3 total rebounds, and 3.5 assists a game, at an average of 20 minutes a night through 51 games.
Lin originally signed a three-year, $36 million contract with the Nets prior to the 2016-2017 NBA season. However, after only 37 games over two campaigns with the Nets, they managed to send Lin and his contract, along with some draft picks, to the Hawks this past offseason for Isaia Cordinier and a draft pick.
Once the buyout is finalized, Lin is expected to take his talents up north and sign a deal with the Toronto Raptors.
The Raptors currently sit second in the Eastern conference, trailing only Milwaukee in the standings. This acquisition, along with the arrival or Marc Gasol from the Grizzles before the deadline, sets the Raptors up with more firepower, and the tools necessary for a deep run into the playoffs. Plus, Lin is no stranger to hitting shots in Toronto.
Jeremy Lin is being bought out by the Hawks and will join the Raptors— The Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) February 11, 2019
Throwback to Feb 14, 2012 when Lin hit the game winner in Toronto
Can anyone guess what the spread was in this game?pic.twitter.com/5mxtRBaPWj
Whether or not the additions will pay off is still up in the air, but the Raptors are making it known going into the last stretch of the season that they mean business.