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.
Canaan will come off the bench Saturday as he regularly does, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.
Canaan was a candidate to start Saturday with Dwyane Wade being held out to rest, but it will be Nikola Mirotic who enters the lineup in Wade's place. Canaan still figures to see plenty of run Saturday, having played at least 24 minutes in seven of his last nine games.
Canaan compiled 17 points (6-10 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two rebounds and two steals across 31 minutes in Sunday's 118-110 win over the Lakers.
With Dwyane Wade (rest) sitting out, Canaan saw his most extensive run of the season and was able to pace the bench in scoring. However, with Wade presumably in line to play in the team's next game Tuesday against the Nuggets, Canaan's playing time should veer closer to the 20-minute range, which is roughly what he's averaged for the season.
Canaan tallied 15 points (5-7 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six assists, three rebounds and one steal across 22 minutes in Monday's 118-88 win over the Nets.
With Michael Carter-Williams (knee) exiting early, Canaan stepped in as the main backup to starting point guard Rajon Rondo and put on a shooting clinic during his time on the court. Canaan has already buried six treys through the Bulls' first three games, and his output could continue if Carter-Williams is sidelined beyond Monday. He probably won't see this much run in competitive games, but Canaan will have a solid role in the second unit for the duration of Carter-Williams' absence.
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