The Hawks tried to deal Lin ahead of the February 3 trade deadline but could not find a match in part due to the 30-year-old's $12.5 million salary. On the season, he is averaging 10.5 points, 4.6 assists and 2.7 rebounds while shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc.
Lin was originally acquired from the Brooklyn Nets, along with a 2025 second-round pick and the right to swap second-round picks in 2023, in exchange for the draft rights to Isaia Cordinier and a protected 2020 second-round pick on July 13, 2018. They signed forwards Chris Boucher and Malcolm Miller on Sunday to help fill the void, but Lin is a more significant addition.
The veteran point guard is expected to play a significant role behind and alongside guards Kyle Lowry, Danny Green and Fred VanVleet, adding much-needed depth after the departure of Delon Wright and CJ Miles.
Lin is no stranger to Canada, having spent the majority of last season in Vancouver while rehabbing a knee injury that kept him out of 81 of 82 regular season games.
The injury occurred during the second quarter of Saturday's win in NY against the Knicks.
Lin has averaged 11.8 points in 457 career games.
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