"Hyped to join the Raptors!".
Toronto will become Lin's eighth National Basketball Association franchise, after stints with Golden State, New York, Houston, the Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte, Brooklyn and this season Atlanta.
With the King now out West, however, the addition of both Lin and the recently acquired Marc Gasol - alongside, of course, franchise superstar Kawhi Leonard - may be the final pieces of the puzzle in pulling the Raptors out of the Eastern Conference. But with some playoff experience (17 games) to offer, along with double-digit scoring off the bench, Lin is sure to quickly become a fan favorite in Toronto.
Lin was effective as a backup and mentor to Hawks' first-round pick Trae Young.
Fred VanVleet will reportedly be out for at least three weeks after suffering a "partial ligament tear" to his left thumb on Saturday against the Knicks.
While Raptors coach Nick Nurse couldn't talk about the deal, Nets coach Kenny Anderson, who coached Lin in Brooklyn, did. "What I always said about Jeremy, he's a heckuva competitor".
He is no stranger to big games at Scotiabank Arena as he scored 20 points to go with nine assists in the Hawks and Raptors meeting earlier this season. After missing all but one game of the 2017-18 season with a ruptured patella tendon, Lin has averaged 10.7 points in 19.7 minutes per game.
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. Adding Lin doesn't necessarily qualify as an attack of the buyout market, but there haven't been many getting done to this point.
The Raptors are now one game back of the Milwaukee Bucks for the top seed in the Eastern Conference, as they both have 41 wins but the Raptors have two extra losses. He has been part of three previous playoff runs, in 2013 and 2014 with Houston and in 2016 with Charlotte.