Isaiah Canaan

And-Ones: Schuler, Musa, Canaan, FA Bargains

Former Trail Blazers head coach Mike Schuler has passed away at age 81, the team announced in a press release. Schuler compiled a 127-84 record over parts of three seasons with the Blazers from 1986-1989, winning NBA Coach of the Year in 1987/88, when Portland went 53-29 in the regular season.

A native of Portsmouth, Ohio, who graduated from Ohio University in 1962, Schuler was a college coach for 16 years before transitioning to the pros. His NBA coaching career spanned 24 years and included stops with the Nets, Bucks, Warriors, Clippers (head coach from ’90-92), Kings and Timberwolves.

Our condolences go out to Schuler’s friends and family.

Here’s more from around the basketball world:

  • Former Nets wing Dzanan Musa, who was named the Most Valuable Player of Liga ACB, Spain’s top basketball league, back in May, is close to signing with Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid, according to a report from The 29th pick of the 2018 draft, Musa appeared in 49 games over two seasons with Brooklyn from 2018-20. He’s excelled since returning to Europe, playing for teams in Turkey and Spain over the last two years. Musa averaged 20.1 PPG, 5.1 RPG, and 3.1 APG on .494/.381/.787 shooting in 29 Liga ACB games (32.0 MPG) for CB Breogan this past season.
  • Isaiah Canaan, who holds six seasons of NBA experience with the Rockets, Sixers, Bulls, Suns, Timberwolves and Bucks from 2013-19, is signing with Greek team Olympiacos, sources tell Stavros Barbarousis of Canaan spent two seasons with Russian team UNICS Kazan, but left the club when it was suspended from EuroLeague action following the invasion of Ukraine. He finished out last season with Turkish club Galatasaray. Across 235 NBA games (20.4 MPG), Canaan has career averages of 8.1 PPG, 1.9 RPG and 1.9 APG on .371/.351/.836 shooting.
  • Jared Dubin of explores which teams have leveled up in free agency thus far, and which clubs have found bargains. Adding Danilo Gallinari and trading for Malcolm Brogdon means the Celtics have leveled up, according to Dubin, who also points to the Nuggets, Clippers and Sixers as teams that improved. The Bucks, Raptors, Blazers, Warriors, Kings and Lakers are teams that have found bargains, Dubin writes.

And-Ones: Jerebko, Canaan, China, Teammate Award, Future Rankings

While some former NBA players have left Russian teams following the invasion into Ukraine, Jonas Jerebko is resuming his career there. The ex-NBA big man signed with CSKA Moscow, the team tweets. That didn’t sit well with the Swedish National Team, who suspended him, according to Johnny Askounis of“Unfortunately, we are forced to state that there are no conditions for Jonas Jerebko to play for the Sweden basketball national team,” a Swedish Basketball Federation press release stated in part. Jerebko played for four NBA teams.

We have more from around the basketball world:

  • Another Russian team, Unics Kazan, has mutually parted ways with guard Isaiah Canaan, according to a story. Canaan is joining Turkey’s Galatasaray, EuroHoops tweets. Canaan appeared in 235 NBA games, most recently during the 2018/19 campaign.
  • Chinese TV has resumed broadcasts of NBA games, Sopan Deb of the New York Times reports. China had boycotted NBA broadcasts since 2019, when former Houston executive Daryl Morey tweeted support for pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong. China Central Television, its state-run TV network, broadcasted Tuesday night’s matchup between the Clippers and Jazz, which kicked off a full return of the league to China’s airwaves.
  • The 12 finalists for the league’s Teammate of the Year award have been announced, the NBA announced (via Twitter). DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, Jeff Green , Udonis Haslem, Jrue Holiday, Andre Iguodala, Jaren Jackson Jr., Kevin Love, Boban Marjanovic, Chris Paul, Fred VanVleet and Grant Williams are the contenders. The annual honor recognizes the player deemed the best teammate based on selfless play, on- and off-court leadership as a mentor and role model to other NBA players, and commitment and dedication to team.
  • The Grizzlies top the list on ESPN’s Future Power Rankings, according to Kevin Pelton, Bobby Marks, Andre’ Snellings, and Tim Bontemps (Insider link). They’re followed by the Heat and Suns. The Kings sit at the bottom of the pile.

And-Ones: Paul, Silver, Canaan, Mickey

Suns guard and NBPA president Chris Paul spoke about the NBA’s ongoing injury problem this postseason, making it clear that every player has the right to make their voice heard about topics discussed with the league throughout the year.

Several key players have dealt with injuries throughout the playoffs, including Paul himself. It’s unclear whether the compressed schedule has played a large role or whether the league has simply experienced bad luck — or a combination of both.

“Man, one thing about our league and its players is everything is always a conversation,” Paul said, as relayed by Dave McMenamin of “There’s a ton of guys on the executive committee who are working hard on things right now, as we speak — day in and day out, traveling. I wish you guys knew all the things that are going on. So, decisions that are made as far as playing or not playing, players are always involved in it.

“Injuries are always unfortunate. You hate to have them. But just like when we went to the bubble, everything was discussed as far as the players and the full body of players. Everything that’s good for this guy and that guy might not be the same for that guy, but everything has always been a conversation, and it’s going to continue to be that way. So, if people don’t like it, then you know everybody has the same opportunity to be a part of all these conversations.”

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

  • Allowing fans back into arenas helped the NBA with financial losses caused by COVID-19, commissioner Adam Silver said, as relayed by ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. “We did somewhat better than we initially projected,” said Silver. “We don’t have the exact numbers yet, but maybe we’ll be down roughly a third in revenue, something around there, instead of 40%.”
  • Isaiah Canaan has signed an extension with Unics Kazan in Russia, the team announced (via Twitter). Canaan, a former NBA guard, averaged 14.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game in 43 outings with the club last season.
  • Free agent big man Jordan Mickey has signed with Zenit St. Petersburg in Russia, the team announced (Twitter link). Mickey, the No. 33 pick in 2015, holds NBA experience with the Celtics and Heat.

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.