Report: Isaiah Canaan to Sign with Rockets

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Chris Haynes of ESPN has reported that free agent guard Isaiah Canaan will sign with the Rockets. Canaan was recently with the Oklahoma City Thunder on a training camp deal and spent last season with the Philadelphia 76ers and Chicago Bulls.

Canaan is a familiar face with the Rockets, playing with the team from 2013-2015. He would only appear in 47 games, averaging 4.6 PPG in the 2013-14 season and 6.2 in the 2014-15 season. Canaan would start to develop more as a player during his time with the 76ers. In the 2015-16 season, he averaged 11 PPG and started 39 games for them while playing around 25 minutes a night.

During Canaan's short time with the Bulls, he was able to see playoff minutes and gain experience that was needed. In last season's series against the Celtics, he scored in double figures in games 4 and 5 while playing above 30 MPG.

For now, the Rockets are still looking to find help at the point guard position while Chris Paul is recovering from a knee issue. It is likely he will be on the roster and possibly see some minutes to see if he can stick around. Canaan's deal is non-guaranteed, so the Rockets are not locked on him if he does not produce. As a career 35% three-point shooter, he should be able to knock down shots. The main thing Mike D'Antoni will be looking for is someone who can come in and help run the offense, giving James Harden some rest on the bench.

Canaan is not going to come in and put up crazy numbers, but he has a chance to be an immediate spark off the bench. If he does not produce, the Rockets can waive him and keep that last roster spot open.

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