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Suns waive injured point guard Isaiah Canaan

Phoenix Suns guard Isaiah Canaan (2) in the third quarter during an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017, in Phoenix. Minnesota defeated Phoenix 115-106. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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In order to make room for the recently acquired Elfrid Payton, the Phoenix Suns have waived injured point guard Isaiah Canaan, as reported by 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s John Gambadoro.

The team made the move official Thursday evening.

Canaan fractured his left ankle in gruesome fashion on Jan. 31 against the Dallas Mavericks. It was announced the following day that Canaan had successful surgery and there is no timetable for his return.

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The 26-year-old was signed under the injury hardship exemption in mid-December and the team waived point guard Mike James once that exemption wore off. He provided what the Suns were lacking at the position, a veteran point guard who was a steady 3-point shooter.

In 19 games, Canaan averaged 9.1 points, 2.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game in 22 minutes a night.

Suns general manager Ryan McDonough said in a statement that the move was “strictly to create a roster spot,” and said that Canaan would still have support of the franchise to rehab from his injury.

“We still consider Isaiah to be a member of the Phoenix Suns family,” McDonough said. “In speaking with Isaiah and his agent, we are fully committed to doing everything we can to help him with his rehab and recovery from his injury.”

In Wednesday night’s game against the San Antonio Spurs, Josh Gray was the only point guard available after Tyler Ulis left the game with back spasms in the second quarter.

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