NBA Rumors: Suns Releasing Isaiah Canaan as Devin Booker Takes PG Duties

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistNovember 28, 2018

PHOENIX, AZ - NOVEMBER 27:  Isaiah Canaan #0 of the Phoenix Suns handles the ball against the Indiana Pacers on November 27, 2018 at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Barry GossageNBAE via Getty Images)
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The Phoenix Suns are reportedly releasing Isaiah Canaan and planning to keep Devin Booker as their full-time starting point guard.

Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium reported the news Wednesday. 

Canaan had started 15 games at point guard for the Suns. He averaged 7.5 points and 3.3 assists but shot just 39.5 percent from the floor.

The Suns played Canaan 21 minutes in Tuesday's 109-104 loss to the Indiana Pacers, so his release was a bit of a surprise. Booker had been starting at point guard of late, but their depth at the position is the weakest in the sport. Phoenix was active in the trade market before the season but failed to acquire a reliable starter.

Rookie Elie Okobo will likely slide into the rotation after Canaan's departure. Okobo is averaging 6.0 points and 2.3 assists on the season. He has been a healthy scratch each of the last seven games.

Jamal Crawford has also been seeing an increase in minutes of late. It's possible the Suns go without a traditional point guard in the rotation for the time being if they're still wary of giving Okobo time. Booker is averaging a career-high 7.2 assists per game but has primarily played as a secondary ball-handler in his career. 

Canaan, 27, previously spent time with the Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers and Chicago Bulls before coming to Phoenix.