The Suns have excelled at identifying fringe players. Unfortunately for Phoenix, that comes with complications. Mike James thrived as a two-way player. To clear a roster spot to convert James to a standard contract, the Suns waived promising young forward Derrick Jones Jr. Then – with Devin Booker, Davon Reed, Alan Williams and Brandon Knight injured – Phoenix used a hardship exemption to sign Isaiah Canaan. Canaan had 15 points and seven assists in a win over the Timberwolves and 17 points and six assists in a win over the Mavericks. But Booker is on track to return next week, according to Suns general manager Ryan McDonough. That means Phoenix would have to clear another roster spot to activate the star guard. And it apparently won’t be Canaan getting waived.