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Devin Booker is not happy about Tyler Ulis being waived

Booker is eligible to sign a contract extension now, but he’s got some hard feelings about his friend being let go.

NBA: Oklahoma City Thunder at Phoenix Suns Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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.

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?