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.
Canaan was limited to no points (0-1 FG, 0-1 3Pt), one rebound and one steal across five minutes in a 113-82 loss to the Pistons on Monday.
Canaan saw a 27-minute workload Dec. 13 against the Timberwolves, but has otherwise barely held down a rotation spot over the last five games, logging a combined 17 minutes in two of those other games and not playing at all in two of them. The fact that he saw such limited run Monday in a contest the Bulls led by 35 at halftime illustrates the minimal role he figures to occupy off the bench going forward. It appears coach Fred Hoiberg is content to run out Doug McDermott and Denzel Valentine as his preferred backup options on the wing.
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