Houston Rockets recall Isaiah Canaan from Rio Grande Valley Vipers

Jan 8, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets point guard Isaiah Canaan (1) enters the game during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports

With James Harden and Francisco Garcia banged-up and Jeremy Lin continuing to struggle in the backcourt, the Houston Rockets have made a personnel move to provide some depth in the short term.

The Rockets have recalled point guard Isaiah Canaan from their D-League affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, and Canaan will be available when Houston takes on the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night. Canaan was a 2nd-round pick in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Rockets (34th overall), but despite some positive reviews in training camp, he has been a complete non-factor with the club this season.

The 22-year-old Canaan has only appeared in 5 games, averaging 4 minutes per contest and just 1-for-4 from the field in his limited time. Still, there is undeniable talent with the former Murray State standout, and Daryl Morey appears to be attempting to unearth a diamond in the rough here. It is unknown how long Canaan will stick with the “big league” club, but as long as the Rockets are short-handed in the front court, it doesn’t hurt to have another able-bodied, talented guard to utilize.

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