Raptors' Fred VanVleet out 3 weeks with injured thumb

Linsanity in the building.
				                  Frank Franklin II  AP

Lin has played in 51 games for the Hawks this season, averaging 10.7 points, 3.5 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game.

The sugar high of "Linsanity" is long gone, and not coming to Canada in full.

Toronto Raptors fans know just how lethal Jeremy Lin can be.

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Lin was enjoying a dazzling breakout season in NY in 2011-12 when he brought his "Linsanity" road show to Toronto, draining a three-point dagger at the buzzer to lift the Knicks 90-87 over the Raptors.

Lin, 30, will need to clear waivers first, something that should be a foregone conclusion given he's set to make $12.5 million this season.

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Atlanta Hawks guard Jeremy Lin (7) dribbles the ball as Washington Wizards forward Jeff Green (32) defends in the second quarter at Capital One Arena.

Lin's arrival in Toronto takes on greater importance with Raptors guard Fred VanVleet expected to miss at least three weeks with a partially torn ligament in his left thumb.

While Raptors coach Nick Nurse couldn't talk about the deal, Nets coach Kenny Anderson, who coached Lin in Brooklyn, did. Adding Lin doesn't necessarily qualify as an attack of the buyout market, but there haven't been many getting done to this point.

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Toronto is now 41-16 and leading the Eastern Division.

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