On Saturday, it was announced that the Phoenix Suns were planning to waive former Kentucky Wildcats favorite Tyler Ulis. There have been differing opinions on whether this was a good more for the Suns or a good move for Ulis.
Perhaps the most important opinion is that of the future of Phoenix’s franchise, Devin Booker. According to Shams Charania, Booker is not pleased that he team got rid of his best friend.
Sources: As he becomes eligible for five-year maximum rookie extension, Phoenix Suns' Devin Booker is upset with the front office over release of best friend Tyler Ulis, who started 43 games last season.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 1, 2018
Booker is on the back end of his rookie contract, He will be a restricted free agent this time next year, and you would think that the Suns’ front office would try to keep him happy.
Booker averaged 24.9 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per game in just 54 games of work last season. After returning from injury, he was their best player on the court and there has been no question that Suns management wants him to be the cornerstone of their future.
After getting a guaranteed contract despite being a second round pick in 2016, Ulis played in 71 games last season, starting 43 of them. He averaged 7.8 points, 4.4 assists, and 1 steal per game over the entire year. However, he brought many of the intangibles to the court that Kentucky fans saw in Lexington during his tenure as a Wildcat.
Booker and Ulis have been inseparable since they arrived at Kentucky in 2014, and there is no doubt Booker would be unhappy about his best friend being waived. Whether that will have an impact on his future in Phoenix remains to be seen.
There are some out there, however, who think it was a good move for the Suns and will benefit Ulis long-term.
Actually I think it’s a great move for Tyler. Devin recognized it as well imo. They’re boys. Tyler has a veteran game. A playoff team will be delighted to have him as a 3rd guard who can command things. He doesn’t need to be that guy on a young team trying to find its way. Imo https://t.co/HxMo84TFMT— Rex Chapman (@rex_rexchapman) July 1, 2018
Rex Chapman certainly knows the NBA better than most of us. Do you think he is onto something here, or are you still salty about the Suns breaking up Devin and Tyler?