Toronto Raptors fans know how deadly Jeremy Lin can be.
Lin was looking forward to a brilliant smash in New York in 2011-12 when he brought his Linsanity road show to Toronto, exhausting a three-point dagger on a buzzer to lift Knicks 90-87 over Raptors. Air Canada Center fans, many of whom have witnessed the so-called Linsanity, erupted in a mixture of distrust and delirium.
Now Lin is on Toronto's side.
The veteran guard is about to sign up with the players who are fighting the playoff after he has signed a contract to buy Atlanta.
"The future is clear to Atlanta, it really means!" Lin posted on Monday at Instagram. "Anyone who knows me knows how great my dreams are and that I have so much time to play.
Hawks surrendered Lina on Monday, and his move to Toronto, which was first announced by ESPN, had a "Linsanity" trend on Twitter. The video of his unforgettable buzzer in Toronto made a round of social media.
Lin thanked Hawks for his contribution and said that they helped him "get back on the basketball court and let me again feel the joy of the hoops!"
Lin gives Raptor a much-needed shotgun after the team negotiated Delon Wright last week with a deal that brought Marco Gasol to Toronto. And the team announced on Monday that backup guard Fred VanVleet will be eliminated for three weeks from a wound in the area of his thumb.
While coach Raptors Nick Nurse could not talk about the deal, Nets trained coach Kenny Atkinson, who trained Lin in Brooklyn.
"Damn for Raptor," Atkinson said before Nets bounced against Toronto on Monday. "What I've always said about Jeremy is a hectic competitor, a much better defender than people think it suits the style of play that Nick wants to play, he's an elite competitor, a pocket of boys that go above and beyond them.
"Very clever and versatile." "You saw him in the play-off of Dwyane Wade.
Toronto becomes the eighth NBA Franchise Lin after becoming Golden State, New York, Houston, Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte, Brooklyn and this season's Atlanta. He participated in 51 matches for hawks, all except one as a reserve, which is an average of 10.7 points in the season of nearly 47%.
The plan to conclude an agreement with Lin comes a day after Raptors completed the conversion of the bilateral contract, Chris Boucher, into a standard NBA contract.
Raptors entered on Monday with a record of 41-16 and second place at the eastern conference behind the only manager of the NBA Milwaukee.
Lin earned an average of 11.8 points in 457 career games. It is part of three previous play-offs, 2013 and 2014 with Houston, and Charlotte in 2016.
Files from The Associated Press.