Isaiah Canaan

And-Ones: Chalmers, Canaan, Brown, Albert, Kuminga

Former NBA guard Mario Chalmers is vying for an NBA comeback, with the 34-year-old currently scanning the market as an unrestricted free agent. Chalmers explained his mindset and present situation in an interview with Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype this week.

“I definitely do,” Chalmers said when asked if he hopes to sign with an NBA team in the near future. “I definitely think I can still help a team, especially with my resume. I have a lot of knowledge since I’ve been to four NBA Finals and won two NBA championships and a college national championship. I just feel like I can provide a lot of knowledge to a young point guard and be a mentor. That’s the role that I’d come back to the NBA and be, so I’m open to it if it happens.”

Chalmers, who holds experience with the Heat and Grizzlies, is a proven veteran with two NBA championships in his collection (2012 and 2013). He last played in the NBA with Memphis during the 2017/18 campaign, spending time in Greece last season.

Chalmers touched on a number of other subjects in the interview and echoed the thoughts of another veteran free agent, Raymond Felton, explaining how several teams are prioritizing younger players over locker room veterans in today’s NBA.

“I’ve definitely experienced that,” Chalmers said. “And, yeah, it is frustrating – just because there’s the saying, ‘A team always wants a winner.’ I just feel like with my resume, I’m a proven winner. I’m not a bad guy in the locker room; I’m not a jerk. So, I just feel like for me to not even get a chance and not even get a workout or nothing like that, it’s a little disheartening. But that’s the way the business goes… I’m definitely surprised how they’ve shifted away from (veterans). Those guys are very important. For me, some of my vets were Dwyane Wade, ‘Bron, Jermaine O’Neal, Jamaal Magloire and Zydrunas Ilgauskas, so I’ve had vets that have actually been All-Stars and they’ve taught me about basketball, about family, about a lot of different things.

“I just feel like if I was an NBA GM or somebody that’s running an NBA team, I would want a couple of vets on my team, just to make sure my young guys are following suit and not doing too much off the court. You want to make sure they’re still focused on basketball and that they understand the business aspect of everything. And once you get to the NBA, you have a lot of freedom. And if you don’t use that freedom wisely, it could be a lot of trouble for you. So, I just feel like vets are good with that stuff. I had a lot of vets who helped me out and I feel like vets are always needed; somebody who’s been there before is always needed to help teach the new school.”

Here are some other odds and ends from around the basketball world:

  • Free agent guard Isaiah Canaan has signed overseas in Russia with UNICS Kazan, the team announced today. Canaan, who was drafted 34th overall in 2013, holds NBA experience with the Rockets, Sixers, Bulls, Suns, Timberwolves and Bucks. He spent last season in the NBA G League.
  • Veteran commentators Hubie Brown and Marv Albert won’t be calling games during the league’s restart in Orlando, Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald tweets. Brown (86) and Albert (79) have an increased risk with COVID-19, preventing them from being at the campus.
  • Shams Charania of The Athletic explores why class of 2021 high school star Jonathan Kuminga is signing in the NBA G League pro pathway program and reclassifying to the class of 2020. “I don’t see myself as a high school player again. I see my potential as an NBA player and with the G League they’ll help me a lot more than college,” Kuminga said as part of a larger quote.

China Is Next Stop For Isaiah Canaan

Isaiah Canaan, who spent time with three teams last season, is headed to China, according to Emiliano Carchia of Sportando. The journeyman guard has signed with Shandong in the CBA.

Canaan, 28, won a roster spot with the Suns in training camp and opened the season as the team’s starting point guard. He was waived in late November after appearing in 19 games.

Canaan signed a pair of 10-day contracts with the Timberwolves in January and February, but was let go after the second one expired. He joined the Bucks in late February on another 10-day deal, but was waived after six days to make room for Pau Gasol.

Overall, Canaan appeared in 30 games, averaging 6.0 points and 2.8 assists per night. He has played 235 career games for six NBA franchises, including brief stops with the Rockets, Sixers and Bulls.

Bucks End Isaiah Canaan’s 10-Day Deal Early

Having officially signed Pau Gasol on Sunday, the Bucks had to make a corresponding roster move to open up a spot for their new big man. As the only player without a full-season contract, Isaiah Canaan was the odd man out. The Bucks announced (via Twitter) that his 10-day contract has been terminated, a few days before it was set to expire.

Canaan, 27, signed with the Bucks last Monday and managed to get into four games with the team, though his minutes were very limited. The well-traveled point guard has appeared in a total of 30 contests in 2018/19, spending time in Phoenix and Minnesota in addition to Milwaukee. He has averaged 6.0 PPG and 2.8 APG with a .390/.354/.792 shooting line on the season.

Although Canaan was under contract through March 1 and has now been released, he’d retain his playoff eligibility if he joins a new team down the stretch, since he doesn’t have to go through waivers.

As for the Bucks, they’ll continue to carry Canaan’s full 10-day cap hit (approximately $85K) despite only keeping him on their roster for seven days. Having signed Gasol, Milwaukee now has a full 15-man roster, with all 15 players on full-season contracts.

Bucks Sign Isaiah Canaan To 10-Day Deal

The Bucks have signed guard Isaiah Canaan to a 10-day contract, according to a team press release.

Canaan, has played in a combined 26 games with the Suns and Timberwolves this season, averaging 6.7 PPG and 3.1 APG in 23.0 MPG. Minnesota inked to a pair of 10-day deals to combat backcourt injuries but decided not to offer him a standard contract once those guards got healthy.

The Suns waived him in late November even though he had started 15 games. Canaan was working with a non-guaranteed contract after re-signing with them during the offseason.

Milwaukee was in the market for veteran help with Giannis Antetokounmpo, Sterling Brown, Donte DiVincenzo and George Hill dealing with short-term injuries.

Timberwolves Will Not Sign Isaiah Canaan For Rest Of Season

The Timberwolves will not sign Isaiah Canaan for the rest of the season after his second 10-day contract expired, tweets Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN.

With injuries to Derrick Rose, Jeff Teague and Tyus Jones, Minnesota signed Canaan for depth purposes. In seven games (one start) covering his two 10-day pacts, Canaan averaged 4.7 PPG and 2.7 APG while shooting an impressive 37% from three. However, with all three point guards healthy, the Timberwolves do not have a fit for the 27-year-old.

Canaan appeared in 19 games for the Suns earlier this season, averaging 7.5 PPG.

While Canaan is free to pursue opportunities for the remainder of the season, the door is open for a possible reunion over the summer, tweets Michael Scotto of The Athletic.

Timberwolves Sign Isaiah Canaan To Second 10-Day Deal

FEBRUARY 11: The Timberwolves issued a statement on Sunday announcing that Canaan’s second 10-day deal is official.

Ten-day contracts must span at least three games, so Canaan’s new deal will actually span three extra days, through February 22, since it covers the All-Star break.

FEBRUARY 9: The Timberwolves will sign guard Isaiah Canaan to a second 10-day contract, tweets Michael Scotto of The Athletic.

In five games (one starts), Canaan averaged 6.0 PPG and 3.6 APG for Minnesota. The Timberwolves inked Canaan to his first 10-day pact at the end of January amid a series of injuries to Tyus Jones, Jeff Teague and Derrick Rose. The Timberwolves will have to decide on whether or not to sign Canaan for the remainder of the season once his second 10-day deal ends.

Before he joined Minnesota, Canaan spent time with the Suns in each of the past two seasons, playing 19 games during the 2017/18 season before he was waived. Canaan appeared in 19 games once again with Phoenix before he was waived earlier this season.

The 27-year-old has appeared in 229 total NBA games in six seasons, averaging 8.3 PPG and 2.0 APG.

Wolves Sign Isaiah Canaan To 10-Day Deal

Jan. 30: The Wolves have officially inked Canaan to a 10-day deal, the team’s media department announced in a press release.

Jan. 29: The Timberwolves will sign Isaiah Canaan to a 10-day deal, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic (Twitter link). He’s expected to be available for Wednesday’s tilt vs. the Grizzlies.

Minnesota is down a few players with Tyus Jones (ankle) and Jeff Teague (foot) out with injuries. Derrick Rose has joined them on the sidelines for the past two games with an ankle injury of his own, leaving Jerryd Bayless as the only experienced point guard healthy enough to suit up.

Canaan spent time with the Suns in each of the past two seasons, playing 19 games during the 2017/18 season before being waived, and 19 games this season before the team waived him again. In total, he’s played in 224 NBA games over the past six seasons, averaging 8.4 points and 1.9 assists per contest.

Rockets Rumors: Clark, Canaan, Carmelo

Gary Clark Jr. has become a fixture in the Rockets‘ rotation, putting the team under some pressure to renegotiate his contract in the coming weeks. As Kelly Iko of The Athletic observes, Clark is expected to reach the 45-day NBA limit on his two-way deal by mid-December or so. At that point, he’ll have to either be promoted to the 15-man roster or sent to the G League.

While nothing is set in stone yet, the Rockets want Clark on their roster and have had “positive” initial discussions with his camp about a new deal, a source tells Iko. Houston could unilaterally convert his two-way contract to a standard deal, but that would result in a basic one-year, minimum-salary deal. If Houston wants to lock up Clark for more than just one year, both sides would have to agree to the terms.

Here’s more from Iko on the Rockets:

  • There was some speculation that Houston might be interested in veteran point guard Isaiah Canaan, who was waived last week by the Suns. However, a source tells Iko that Canaan’s name didn’t move the needle for the Rockets, and they didn’t have serious interest in him.
  • The Rockets continue to work with Carmelo Anthony and his representatives to determine whether it makes sense to trade or release him, according to Iko. Anthony won’t become trade-eligible until December 15, but could be waived anytime before or after that date.
  • While the Rockets were hit hard by injuries in recent weeks, the front office has preached “calculated patience,” writes Iko. The team understood that most of those injuries wouldn’t be long-term, and didn’t want to rush into the trade market to find immediate help. “Having five guys hurt at once is unusual,” one team source told Iko.

Suns Notes: Holmes, Melton, Okobo, Canaan

Richaun Holmes has settled in as the Suns’ backup center since Tyson Chandler‘s contract was bought out, as Katherine Fitzgerald of the Arizona Republic notes. Holmes has averaged 7.4 PPG, 5.3 RPG and 1.4 BPG in 15.9 MPG during the month of November. Coach Igor Kokoskov cites Holmes’ biggest asset as something that goes beyond box scores. “Energy is a talent, we always say, and that’s his job,” Kokoskov said. “He helps his team, and for him to understand his role, and just embrace it, is a huge thing for our team.” Holmes, who was acquired from the Sixers during the summer, has a $1.6MM contract that doesn’t become fully guaranteed until January 10th. He’l be an unrestricted free agent in July.

We have more on the Suns:

  • Rookie point guards and second-round picks De’Anthony Melton and Elie Okobo have been bouncing back and forth between the NBA and G League and it’s proving beneficial, as Bob Young of The Athletic details. The duo has gained experience by playing and practicing at both levels. Melton has appeared in four games with the Suns and five with Northern Arizona. Okobo has seen action in 12 NBA and two G League games. “I think it’s helping me a lot,” Melton told Young. “I trained for it all summer, to be a point guard. I don’t think it matters to me. I’m fine getting off the ball. Down in the G League, I got to handle the ball a lot and really run a team and show what I can do.”
  • Kokoskov expects point guard Isaiah Canaan to quickly find another NBA job, Gina Mizell of The Athletic writes. The team waived Canaan on Wednesday after he lost his starting job. “It’s just a pure business decision,” Kokoskov said. “I wish him nothing but the best, and he’ll be good. I know a lot of teams (will have) interest in him.” The Suns have two open roster spots, which will facilitate a potential trade for a more accomplished floor leader. Devin Booker has been moved from shooting guard to the point for at least the short run.
  • The Suns are one of the teams interested in acquiring second-year point guard Frank Ntilikina from the Knicks. Get all the details here.

Suns Waive Isaiah Canaan

4:23pm: The Suns have officially waived Canaan, per a release from the team.

2:40pm: The Suns will waive point guard Isaiah Canaan, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic (Twitter link).

Canaan, 27, started 15 games for Phoenix this season, though as Charania notes, Devin Booker has been getting more run at the point guard spot lately. Canaan is averaging 7.5 points and 3.3 assists per game this season.

The Suns’ G League affiliate, the Northern Arizona Suns, owns Canaan’s rights should he choose to join go that route, Adam Johnson of 2 Ways & 10 Days tweets. Canaan has played in 23 G League games to date.

Because Canaan was on a non-guaranteed contract, the Suns won’t be on the hook for his entire salary. Assuming he goes unclaimed on waivers, his cap charge would be about $407K.