Jeremy Lin finalizing buyout with Hawks, to sign with Raptors


Linsanity is coming to Canada.

Jeremy Lin is about to be on the move again, with the veteran guard in the process of getting bought out by the Atlanta Hawks so he can sign with the playoff-contending Toronto Raptors.

Agents Jim Tanner and Roger Montgomery told ESPN on Monday that Lin could be with the Raptors by the middle of the week.

The Raptors were expected to be active in the buyout market after losing four players, while bringing back only Marc Gasol, on trade deadline day. On the season, he is averaging 10.5 points, 4.6 assists and 2.7 rebounds while shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc. They signed forwards Chris Boucher and Malcolm Miller on Sunday to help fill the void, but Lin is a more significant addition.

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.

Lin is earning $12.5 million in his first season with the Hawks. The Raptors will be Lin's eighth team in his eight-plus years in the league, following stints with the Warriors, Knicks, Rockets, Lakers, Hornets, and Nets. He has scored in double figures 30 times over the season, including a career-high 30 points in a 119-101 road win over Atlanta on February 7.