It’s been a busy trade deadline and buyout market for Raptors president Masai Ujiri. At risk of breaking league rules for having fewer than 11 players on his roster after trading away five players and only getting one in return, Ujiri added a couple of warm bodies from the G-League Raptors 905 and then found a 10-day prospect in Kings castoff Ben McLemore. But, those hoping Ujiri would find an addition who would be more of a sure thing had to wait a little longer.
Jeremy Lin is finalizing a buyout with Atlanta, clearing the way for him to sign with Toronto, agents Jim Tanner and Roger Montgomery tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 11, 2019
Toronto will be the 30-year-old Jeremy Lin’s seventh team in nine seasons, but when healthy the guard has been able to put up points everywhere he’s played averaging 11.8 points in 25.8 minutes over his career and he’s particularly been a thorn in the Raptors side averaging 16.9 points in 16 games versus Toronto.
Lin provides Ujiri what his team needs, a solid veteran backup at both guard spots who shouldn’t be unhappy with a reserve role as the 10th or 11th man and might, possibly, make a big enough impact to command a more significant role. At the very least, Lin is great insurance.