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Dec 23 (The Sports Xchange) - Two weeks after signing a standard contract with the Phoenix Suns, point guard Mike James was waived Saturday.
James was let go to make room for guard Isaiah Canaan, who had been signed to a hardship contract when guard Devin Booker was sidelined with an injury. Canaan has been productive, and with Booker returning soon, Canaan was signed to a contract for the rest of the season.
The 27-year-old James signed a two-way contract in the offseason, and that expired Dec. 6. The next day he was signed to a standard contract, becoming the first two-way signee to get a standard contract.
James averaged 10.4 points and 3.8 assists while playing in 32 games, including 10 starts. But his playing time was reduced when Canaan arrived.
Canaan is averaging 13.0 points, 5.0 assists and 25.0 minutes in his four games with the Suns. He played one game for the Houston Rockets earlier this season.
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An MRI exam conducted on Sacramento Kings guard De'Aaron Fox revealed a partial tear in his right quadriceps muscle, the team announced.
Fox sustained the injury when his knee made contact with Minnesota Timberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns' knee in the first quarter of their game on Dec. 14.
Fox will miss the next two weeks and then be re-evaluated.
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The Memphis Grizzlies announced that they recalled forward Ivan Rabb from the Memphis Hustle of the G League.
Rabb has averaged 15.8 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.53 blocks and 28.8 minutes in 15 games (13 starts) for the Hustle this season.
Rabb has played in three games for the Grizzlies this season.
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The Los Angeles Lakers announced that they recalled center Ivica Zubac from the South Bay Lakers of the G League.
In seven games with South Bay this season, Zubac has averaged 21.9 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 2.0 blocks, and is shooting 64.5 percent.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers announced that they recalled center Ante Zizic from the Canton Charge of the G League.
In five games for the Charge this season, Zizic is averaging 17.2 points and 9.4 rebounds in 24.4 minutes. He has also appeared in 11 games with the Cavaliers this season.
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The Charlotte Hornets announced they recalled guard Julyan Stone from the Greensboro Swarm of the G League.
Stone is averaging 1.5 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 6.3 minutes over four games with the Hornets this season.
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