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Houston Rockets have brought back guard Isaiah Canaan

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Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images

The Houston Rockets have signed guard Isaiah Canaan to fill in for the injured Chris Paul who is expected to miss two to four weeks.

The Houston Rockets will bring back point guard Isaiah Canaan, according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes.

Houston fans should be more than aware of Canaan. The six-foot point guard was taken with the fourth pick in the second round of the 2013 NBA Draft by the Rockets. Canaan only appeared in 22 games in his rookie year, averaging 4.6 points in just 11.5 minutes a game. He got a minutes boost in his sophomore season in Houston before being traded to Philadelphia about halfway through the season.

Canaan saw the floor a lot more on a rebuilding Sixers team, averaging 12.6 points and 25.9 minutes for the remainder of the 2014-15 season. He played in a career high 77 games in the 2015-16 season, averaging 11.0 points and shooting 36.3 percent from the 3-point line in 25.5 minutes per game.

Back home!!! Let’s Get It!! #RedNation ???

— Isaiah Canaan (@SiP03) October 24, 2017

Canaan signed a two-year contract with the Bulls last year, but his first season in Chicago didn’t go particularly well. He averaged just 4.6 points a game and he watched the entirety of most games from the bench. Chicago’s Big-3 of Rajon Rondo, Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler struggled to produce consistent results and the locker room seemed dysfunctional throughout the season. Canaan’s 2017-18 salary with Chicago wasn’t fully guaranteed, so the Bulls cut him over the summer. Then, Canaan signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder, but he failed to make the 15-man roster.

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Although Canaan is only six-feet tall, he plays more like a shooting guard than a point guard. He’s a 35.2 percent career 3-point shooter, so he should thrive in Houston’s offense. Canaan isn’t shy about taking shots and he’s never met a decent look that he didn’t like. Isaiah Canaan should be a great fill in for Houston until Chris Paul returns.