As the Minnesota Timberwolves continue their uphill battle to climb back into the playoff race in the Western Conference, they have simultaneously been fighting an injury bug that has zapped the team of multiple rotation players, including 3 of their 4 PG’s (Jeff Teague, Derrick Rose, and Tyus Jones). With no firm time table on when any of these players will return, the Wolves were finally forced to make a move on Tuesday, signing former Phoenix Sun and Murray State standout Isaiah Canaan to a 10-day contract:
The news isn't all that surprising, as Minnesota’s own Doogie Wolfson hinted earlier in the day that the Wolves were working out some unnamed free agent at Mayo Clinic Square:
#Twolves could be moving closer to adding someone on a 10-day to fill the roster/help out with all their injuries. At least one free agent guard is in today for a look.— Darren Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) January 29, 2019
With Jones and Teague already ruled out and Rose questionable for tomorrow night’s match-up against the Memphis Grizzlies, Minnesota was fairly desperate to bring another active body in to spell Jerryd Bayless (and Point Wiggins).
While Canaan isn’t a traditional PG by any means, he does provide Minnesota with a few specific skills that they are currently lacking, most notably 1) dribbling and 2) shooting. The 6’0” guard out of Biloxi, Mississippi played 19 games with the Phoenix Suns earlier this season, where he averaged 7.5 points, 3.3 assists, and 2.6 rebounds.