HOUSTON ROCKETS RECALL CANAAN

HOUSTON, January, 30, 2014 – Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has recalled guard Isaiah Canaan from Houston’s single-affiliation NBA D-League partner Rio Grande Valley.

Canaan (6-0, 188, Murray State), who was re-assigned to the Vipers on Jan. 20, suffered a strained right hamstring in Rio Grande Valley’s game vs. the Tulsa 66ers (1/27/14). A return date for Canaan has yet to be determined at this time. Canaan will complete his rehabilitation with the Rockets.

Selected by the Rockets with the 34th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, Canaan has averaged 21.5 points, 8.1 assists and 4.1 rebounds in 17 games (16 starts) with Rio Grande Valley this season. Through Jan. 29, Canaan leads the D-League in assists per game (8.1) and ranks seventh in the league in scoring average (21.5). He was also named along with Pierre Jackson of the Idaho Stampede as the NBA D-League Co-Performers of the Week for games played Dec. 2-8. Canaan was again named along with Terrence Williams of the L.A. D-Fenders as D-League Co-Performers of the Week for games played Jan. 20-26.

About the RGV Vipers and NBA Development League
The two-time champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers are the NBA Development League affiliate of the NBA Houston Rockets. The Vipers won the NBA Development League Championship in 2010 and 2013. In 2013, the Vipers were also named the NBA Development League Development Champions, which recognizes the team that best embodies the NBA D-League’s goals of developing NBA-caliber basketball talent via call-ups and assignments. The NBA Development League is the NBA’s official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Featuring 14 teams with direct affiliations to NBA franchises, the league offers professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. Thirty percent of players in the NBA at the end of the 2012-13 season boasted NBA D-League experience. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. Fans can watch all NBA D-League games on nbadleague.com.