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Isaiah Canaan re-signs with Suns

Isaiah Canaan

The Phoenix Suns are re-signing Isaiah Canaan according to Priority Sports. Canaan, 27, enters his sixth season in the NBA and second with Phoenix. Canaan has bounced around the league thus far in his career with stops in Philadelphia, Houston, and Chicago prior to joining the Suns midway through the 2017-18 season.

The Mississippi native has averaged 8.4 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game for his career. These numbers were slightly better in his 20 games with Phoenix last season. With the Suns, Canaan has averages of 8.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game.

Canaan’s first run with the Suns ended abruptly after going down with a gruesome ankle injury that is similar to Gordon Hayward’s in nature.

The NBA journeyman has yet to break through. In his short tenure with the Suns, Canaan has played around 20 minutes per game. He’s hoping to build on his performance last season and carve out a more prominent role in the Suns’ rotation.

The diminutive guard is an alumnus of Murray State University where he spent four seasons. The 6-foot point guard averaged double-figures in each of his four seasons and capped off his career by averaging 21.8 points per game in his senior season.

Although he’s struggled to find the same success at the NBA level, Canaan has managed to hang around and find opportunities. Lasting for six seasons in the NBA is quite an accomplishment. That’s a lot longer than many players with NBA aspirations last.

Perhaps Canaan can find his niche during a full season in Phoenix. He’s part of a young roster and he should have the opportunity to prove himself. Seeing the journeyman find success would truly be a feel-good story.