Top buyout candidates after the NBA trade deadline

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Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin is a 30-year-old 6’3″ point guard for the Hawks. He is in his ninth season, playing with his seventh team. Lin is a $13.8M cap hit this season, prime for a buyout.

Lin is not the same player who set the league on fire as a member of the Knicks but remains effective. He is an excellent passer with extraordinary court vision. He is having a good year after only playing a single game on the 2017-2018 campaign. He was sidelined for the season with a knee injury when he ruptured his patella tendon on opening night.

Coming off the bench for the Hawks, Lin is having an impressive bounce-back season. He is averaging close to 11 points, four assists, and two rebounds per game. Lin is also shooting 33% from three. His athleticism has been on display every night in Atlanta, doing everything the organization has asked of him.

The Raptors may be interested in Lin’s services if he gets waived by Atlanta. With Delon Wright heading to Memphis and Fred VanVleet could use another running mate to pair alongside him in the second unit.

Lin is worth bringing into the mix as he replicates many of the same attributes Delon did. He is a crafty driver and a willing passer. He serves as an excellent “co-point guard” next to FVV.