The team said VanVleet suffered a "partial ligament injury" during Saturday's game. The Raptors would be the eighth National Basketball Association team Lin has played for in his career, which includes stops with the Warriors, Knicks, Rockets, Lakers, Hornets, Nets, and Hawks.
In 2012, Lin was a last alternative for an injury-hit NY lineup but he came off the bench and sparked the Knicks to seven consecutive wins with clutch shooting and timely passes, a whirlwind effort that became known to Knicks fans as "Lin-sanity".
They are planning to sign veteran guard Jeremy Lin after he completes his buyout negotiations with the Atlanta Hawks.
"He hasn't played in a while, so we'll be conscious of that going into a back-to-back", said Bickerstaff of Valanciunas.
The US-based sports network's website said Lin, a 30-year-old point guard best known for his "Lin-sanity" run of success with NY in 2012, could wind up with the Canadian club by mid-week.
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He finished with seven points, six rebounds, two steals, a block and an assist in 19 minutes of action. "That's what you want from an organization that you're playing for".
This time around, he will be part of a team that's expected to make the NBA Finals.
Based on his performance, it didn't appear to concern him very much at all.
Marc Gasol will make his Toronto Raptors debut as they take on the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night. Although he hadn't been with the team long, the 2013 Defensive Player of the Year looked comfortable patrolling the defensive end and quickly contributed to the offence.
Which is probably why Gasol deftly deflected any queries about his role as a Raptor and whether starting or coming off the bench is a major concern.