Former Kentucky guard Tyler Ulis didn’t have to wait around too long for a new home.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Ulis has been claimed off waivers by the Chicago Bulls, and will likely be on the team’s opening-day roster.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 14, 2018
It’ll be a chance for Ulis, who played at Chicago’s Marian Catholic and lived in the area throughout high school, to play in front of friends and family at the United Center.
On Friday, Ulis was waived in the final cuts by the Golden State Warriors just a few weeks after being signed to an Exhibit 10 contract.
Warriors waive Davis, House Jr., Nunn and Ulis pic.twitter.com/ar0YVa5XxR
— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) October 12, 2018
Ulis was released by the Phoenix Suns earlier this summer, and it took quite a while before a team was willing to take a chance on the 5-foot-9 point guard. The Warriors brought him on for training camp and the preseason to see how he’d develop behind Steph Curry, but felt he would be better suited for the G-League.
Though he likely won’t win a ring out of it, Ulis will have an opportunity for solid minutes with the Bulls on the main roster. They have Kris Dunn and Murray State’s Cameron Payne at point guard, but he could eventually work his way above the former Racer on the depth chart.
The Athletic reports Ulis will sign a two-way deal with the Bulls, meaning will be able to spend 45 days on the active roster this season, unless the team decides to convert him to a full roster player. The NBA changed the rules on two-way players this offseason to where travel days won’t count toward the 45-day allotment, meaning Ulis can play 45 games with the team this season.
In four preseason games with the Warriors, Ulis averaged 3.0 points, 1.5 assists, and 1.5 rebounds in 10.2 minutes per game.
Best of luck to Ulis in the Windy City this season.
(KSR’s Zack Geoghegan also contributed to this report)