Linsanity is coming to Canada. But unfortunately for Toronto, the soon-to-be former Hawks guard won't be able to clear waivers and sign with the Raptors in time for tonight's game against the Brooklyn Nets.
The Hawks tried to deal Lin ahead of the February 3 trade deadline but could not find a match in part due to the 30-year-old's $12.5 million salary. ESPN first reported Lin's plan to join the Raptors.
Lin, 30, is averaging 10.7 points and 5.3 assists in just 19.7 minutes per game for the Hawks in his return to action after a season-ending injury previous year. They signed forwards Chris Boucher and Malcolm Miller on Sunday to help fill the void, but Lin is a more significant addition.More news: Former US Air Force counterintelligence agent charged with spying for Iran
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The team said he injured himself during the second quarter of the Raptors' 104-99 victory on Saturday at the New York Knicks.
Fellow backup point guard Fred VanVleet is expected to remain a key cog off the bench, as Lin has plenty of experience playing alongside other smaller guards. 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.