Suns waive Isaiah Canaan, who has started 75% of their games this season

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How awful is the Suns’ point-guard situation?

There’s only a fine line between starting at point guard in Phoenix and falling completely out of the NBA.

Isaiah Canaan started 15 of the Suns’ 20 games this season, and now he’s getting sent to the curb.

Suns release:

The Phoenix Suns have waived guard Isaiah Canaan.

Shooting guard Devin Booker is the Suns’ best point guard, and they’ve started him at point guard lately. But Canaan was still primary backup until getting cut.

So, at least one of rookies Elie Okobo or De'Anthony Melton should join the rotation. Or Phoenix could shift Jamal Crawford to point guard. But that’d seem to defeat the purpose of waiving Canaan, a 27-year-old with an unguaranteed salary who wasn’t in the team’s long-term plans.

The Suns are an NBA-worst 4-16. They should build toward the future, and this seems like a move in the right direction – even if it sparks mocking about their inept attempts to win with veterans like Canaan this year.