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Suns re-sign Isaiah Canaan to non-guaranteed contract

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DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Isaiah Canaan #2 of the Phoenix Suns brings the ball down the court against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on January 19, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

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Last season, veteran journeyman Isaiah Canaan had joined the Suns in December and played solidly for them at the point — 22 minutes a night, 8.6 points and 3.8 assists per game. He’s never been an efficient player and shot 38 percent in those games, but on a struggling Suns team he was a respectable option.

Then this happened (if you’re at all squeamish, do not watch it).

The Suns are bringing Canaan back and giving him a shot in training camp.

This is a non-guaranteed contract, a training camp deal that sets up an interesting battle to make the Suns’ roster come the fall. Brandon Knight will likely start at the point, and the Suns drafted French point guard Elie Okobo in the second round and want to develop him, so he will make the roster (he was up-and-down in Summer League and could spend time in the G-League next season).

That leaves Canaan and Shaquille Harrison battling for the third point guard spot. The Suns have other options (leave that roster spot open, bring in another veteran backup point guard still on the market such as Shelvin Mack), but we could have a real position battle come camp in Phoenix.