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Report: Suns plan to sign Isaiah Canaan under injury hardship exception

Canaan was acquired yesterday by the Suns’ G-League affiliate for their 2018 first round pick.

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Add another member to this year’s version of #TheTimeline alongside Danuel House, as The Vertical’s Sham Charania reports they plan on bringing recently acquired Isaiah Canaan up to the main roster under the NBA’s injury hardship exception.

Alongside Devin Booker, who is expected to miss another two weeks with his adductor injury, Alan Williams, Davon Reed, and Brandon Knight also have serious knee injuries.

Under the exception Charania mentions, the Suns are able to add to their roster since four players are out two weeks or more. Knight is out for the season while Reed and Williams have possibilities of returning (Reed will in January or February; if recovery goes well, Williams could see time in April).

Canaan, who has bounced around the league with Houston, Philadelphia, and most recently Chicago will bring depth to Phoenix’s current point guard situation.

Last season, Canaan appeared in 39 games for Chicago averaging 4.6 points and 0.9 assists. He also played a major role in the playoffs against Boston after Rajon Rondo went down with his wrist injury.

Before being drafted by Houston in 2013, Canaan was considered one of the more pro-ready scoring point guards in his class. His senior season at Murray State, Canaan averaged a rounded line of 22-4-4 on his way to his second consecutive Ohio Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Year award.

Over the next few weeks, it wouldn’t surprise me to see Canaan get some run as the NAZ Suns were forced to trade their first-round pick to acquire the journeyman point guard.

Adding Canaan alongside Tyler Ulis and Mike James gives them extra backcourt depth that was much needed without Booker. Now, the question is how long will he sit out?

If the 10 game projection over three weeks still holds, December 29 at Sacramento seems like the best possible chance but we will find out more about his recovery this week.

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