Jeremy Lin leaving Hawks for Raptors

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Lin is averaging 10.7 points and 3.5 assists while shooting 46.6% from the field in his ninth season.

The sugar high of "Linsanity" is long gone, and not coming to Canada in full. 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.

Lin is earning $12.5 million in his first season with the Hawks.

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VanVleet is believed to have suffered the injury in the second quarter of Saturday's victory over the New York Knicks.

Lin gives the Raptors a much-needed point guard after the team traded away Delon Wright in last week's blockbuster deal that brought Marc Gasol to Toronto.

Lin and the Hawks worked out a buyout agreement.

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Lin's arrival in Toronto takes on greater importance with Raptors guard Fred VanVleet expected to miss at least three weeks with a partially torn ligament in his left thumb.

The plan to enter into an agreement with Lin comes one day after the Raptors finalized the conversion of two-way player Chris Boucher's contract to an National Basketball Association standard contract.

Lin began his career with the Golden State Warriors in 2010-11.

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Toronto is now 41-16 and leading the Eastern Division. He has been part of three previous playoff runs, in 2013 and 2014 with Houston and in 2016 with Charlotte.

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