PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. – The Phoenix Suns announced Wednesday that they have called up Northern Arizona Suns guard Isaiah Canaan and signed him to an NBA contract.
This marks the fourth GATORADE Call-Up of a NAZ Suns player in the history of the team, the first one of the season. This is also the fourth GATORADE Call-Up across the NBA G League this year.
He is expected to be available tonight for Phoenix’s home game against the Toronto Raptors at 7 p.m.
Canaan, a 6-foot-even, 200-pound guard, played one game for the NAZ Suns, recording 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc, and a team-high six assists last night. He earned the start in the NAZ Suns’ 138-94 win over the Santa Cruz Warriors at the Prescott Valley Event Center, a 44-point win that tied for the sixth largest margin of victory in NBA G League history.
Canaan was acquired by Northern Arizona in a trade yesterday, as the Suns sent their first-round pick in the 2018 NBA G League Draft to Agua Caliente in exchange for the Murray State alum.
Phoenix will be Canaan’s fifth NBA team he has been a part of in some fashion. He was selected with the 34th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets. He played a season-and-a-half for them at the beginning of his professional career, and then joined them again at the beginning of this season. He has also been a member of the Philadelphia 76ers (99 regular season games from 2014-16), Chicago Bulls (39 regular season games in 2016-17) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (three preseason games in 2017-18).
The 26-year-old has logged 186 regular season games in the NBA (60 starts), averaging 8.4 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 20.2 minutes per game.
Last night with NAZ, Canaan played his first game in the NBA G League since Jan. 24, 2015, while with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. It marked his 23rd career game (22nd start) in the development league, where he holds averages of 21.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 8.1 assists.
This is the second time the Phoenix Suns have called up a member of the Northern Arizona Suns. Elijah Millsap got the call on April 9 of last season, a week after the NAZ Suns had wrapped up their inaugural season.
Johnny O’Bryant was the first NAZ Suns player to get a GATORADE Call-Up, when the Denver Nuggets signed him to a 10-day deal in January. After returning to Northern Arizona for one game, O’Bryant signed with the Charlotte Hornets, a team he is still a part of today.