Raptors' VanVleet reportedly needs surgery; Lin joins team
Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet will need surgery on his injured thumb and will miss about five weeks, The Athletic reported Wednesday. Also Wednesday, the Raptors, as expected, signed veteran guard Jeremy Lin for depth at the position.
VanVleet suffered ligament damage in his left thumb on Saturday in a game at the New York Knicks. He had been expected to wear a splint for about three weeks. In 51 games this season (22 starts), VanVleet is averaging 10.5 points, 4.6 assists and 2.7 rebounds in 26.8 minutes per game. He has scored in double figures 30 times this season, including a career-high 30 points in a 119-101 road win over Atlanta on Feb. 7.
Undrafted after a standout career at Wichita State, VanVleet signed with the Raptors in July 2016. Lin, 30, became a household name in 2012, when a short but prolific run with the New York Knicks sparked what became known as "Linsanity." But since then, he played for Houston, the Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte and Brooklyn before arriving in Atlanta in the offseason. He and the Hawks agreed to a contract buyout earlier this week.
--Field Level Media