Canaan is a candidate to get waived by the Bulls in the coming weeks, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports. The Bulls are overloaded at both backcourt spots, and with neither Canaan nor Michael Carter-Williams (knee) shaping up as rotation options at this stage of the season and both on expiring deals, it would make sense for Chicago to let one of them go in order to address depth at another position. Canaan may be the more vulnerable of the two players in losing his roster spot, as he's appeared in just eight of the Bulls' last 32 games and lacks the overall upside of Carter-Williams, a former Rookie of the Year winner who has had a handful of productive outings this season. Even if he's ultimately released and quickly lands a roster spot elsewhere, it seems unlikely that Canaan will find his way into meaningful minutes, given his status as an undersized guard who is shooting a lowly 27.3 percent from three-point range on the season.
Canaan (toe) is available to play during Friday's tilt against the Suns, Nick Friedell of ESPN reports. Canaan has been in and out of the Bulls rotation all season, and with team fully healthy, minus Paul Zipser (ankle), it seems doubtful that he'll see significant minutes Friday. When he does play, he averages 5.6 points on 38.0 percent shooting across 18.3 minutes per game.
Canaan missed Thursday's practice with a sprained toe and is considered questionable for Friday's game against the Suns, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports. It's unclear exactly when Canaan picked up the injury, but he was held out of Thursday's practice, so it's clearly giving him some significant discomfort. He'll continue to receive treatment overnight with the hope of being cleared for Friday, although we'll likely have to wait until after the team's morning shootaround before getting a final word on his availability.
Canaan finished with three points (1-2 FG, 1-1 3Pt) with an assist and a rebound in seven minutes off the bench in Wednesday's 128-100 win against the Thunder. It was Canaan's first action since Dec. 10, as he has been buried deep on the bench. The Bulls won this game in a blowout and rested key personnel, allowing Canaan to get into the game. He has very little fantasy appeal due to a logjam in the backcourt. It likely will take a trade or injury to one of the guards in front of him on the depth chart to get him back into a regular role.
Canaan (coach's decision) didn't play in Thursday's 104-89 loss to the Knicks. The Bulls were missing Jimmy Butler and Denzel Valentine due to illness Thursday, but the return of Dwyane Wade from a one-game absence for rest was enough to knock Canaan out of the rotation. Once Butler and Valentine are healthy again, Canaan's path to playing time will become only more difficult. After averaging 20.7 minutes per game and appearing in each of the Bulls' first 22 contests, Canaan has seen the court in only six of the last 18 contests, averaging 10.7 minutes.
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