Raptors' Fred VanVleet out 3 weeks with injured thumb


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.

VanVleet will wear a splint for three weeks, the team said in a statement on Monday before its home game against the Brooklyn Nets.

In 51 games this season, VanVleet is averaging 10.5 points and 4.6 assists.

VanVleet apparently suffered the injury in the second quarter of Saturday's 104-99 win over the New York Knicks according to the team. ESPN first reported Lin's plan to join the Raptors.

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Wojnarowski reports that the buyout could be completed as soon as Monday, allowing the Raptors to sign him sometime this week.

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.

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.