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Devin Booker is not happy about Phoenix waiving Tyler Ulis

The Phoenix Suns had a really solid draft, taking DeAndre Ayton at No. 1 and trading with Philadelphia for Villanova’s Mikel Bridges at No. 10. They also got a steal in the second round with Elie Okobo.

Josh Jackson, the team’s fourth overall selection in 2017, made major strides to end the season. 2016 top-five pick Dragan Bender has shown flashes of potential. TJ Warren is a solid wing with rising production.

Add that together with future superstar Devin Booker, the Suns foundation is looking as solid as ever.

That is, until the organization waived Booker’s best friend and former Kentucky star, Tyler Ulis.

Now, things are apparently rocky within the organization.

Ulis started 43 games for the Suns last season, including an impressive end-of-year run where he took the lead PG job from Elfrid Payton. The 22-year-old averaged 7.8 points and 4.4 assists on the season last year.

There have been no leaks of teams interested in Ulis as of yet, but his market is expected to be solid.

Ulis and Booker have been best friends since their time at Kentucky, and that has only grown in their time in the NBA. Booker was celebrating with Ulis and his family when he was drafted in the second round back in 2015, and now, they are almost always together off the court in Phoenix.

Needless to say, the move was a chemistry killer, and we’re already seeing the repercussions. So much that a $156 million extension is on the back burner in Booker’s eyes.

For a team with zero answer/future at point guard, cutting your star player’s best friend probably wasn’t a great idea. Especially when he was set to make just $1.5 million next season.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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20 Comments for Devin Booker is not happy about Phoenix waiving Tyler Ulis



  1. TBW3011
    1:51 pm July 1, 2018 Permalink

    Business decision. Sorry Devin.



    • CatsfaninFL
      2:00 pm July 1, 2018 Permalink

      A poor business decision, yes.



    • binarysolo
      2:52 pm July 1, 2018 Permalink

      You could say the same when Booker leaves the Suns with nothing when he leaves as an unrestricted free agent. This isn’t how you build trust with your star player.



    • stratblend
      3:31 pm July 1, 2018 Permalink

      What’s your opinion on Labron single handedly choosing his squad? What’s the difference? You keep your main assets happy. That’s also business.



    • dbookno1
      6:22 pm July 1, 2018 Permalink

      As a Phoenix suns fan who follows the team, this was absolutely the right move. I hate to say it. Phoenix had four point guards on the roster and Ulis was by far the worst one. This report is being overblown, there is another one saying that Booker knew that Phoenix was looking to move Ulis when they pushed back his option deadline. It is business, and a smart business move at that. You only have so many roster spots, and Phoenix has to develop its potential superstar players, and put vets on the team to put in a “winning mentality”. Ulis was just the odd man out. Which is upsetting, but it’s true.



  2. Kat4Life
    2:00 pm July 1, 2018 Permalink

    That’s Devin showing his immaturity. Tyler will hardly be the last personnel move he doesn’t like in the NBA. it’s all business at that level.



    • Bobbum Man
      2:29 pm July 1, 2018 Permalink

      Not sure it’s immature to be upset at ur best friend being traded…. but it’s also a business decision to keep ur franchise player and best player happy… would think Ulis’s tiny salary wouldn’t be too much to help do that



    • The last sith lord
      7:24 am July 2, 2018 Permalink

      Bah humbug… This was a dunce cap booger hanging out the nose failing grade by the suns. Tyler was on 1.5 mil a year and they could deducted his salary from the 156 million booker is eligible for…. Duuuuuuumb. Plus any true uk fan or nba fan know b knight is a bum. Has a traditional whute guys game. Cant play defense a g against athletic guards. Cant create his own shot unless he jacking from 3 or putting his head down n driving to the hole.



  3. SHCooper
    2:28 pm July 1, 2018 Permalink

    He’s smart he will get his max contract regardless. Also, it will help Ulis any way you look at it.



  4. bigbluebanana
    3:40 pm July 1, 2018 Permalink

    In pro sports where as much money is involved as there is in the NBA, and especially in the NBA where you bend as far as possible to make your star players happy, it’s not uncommon at all for teams to keep a star player’s “people” on a team to keep the star happy. Especially someone like Ulis, who not only is cheap by NBA standards, but can be a solid contributor. I really think Booker is in the right here. Different story though, if the Suns were trying to win now and we’re making space for a veteran, all star caliber PG, but they’re still very clearly focused on the future.



  5. trumpetguy
    3:43 pm July 1, 2018 Permalink

    I’ve tried to watch Phoenix whenever they are on (rarely), but 2016 top five pick Dragan Bender couldn’t help UK this year. Selections like that really cripple an already weak team.



  6. JPGott2
    5:50 pm July 1, 2018 Permalink

    I see people saying “business decision”… uh, a guy only making 1.5 million on the books next year who has started quite a few games for you and is your stars bestfriend is what I call a POOR ‘business decision’ at the best.

    His shot isn’t falling. Once it does (he has a good looking shot) he will be a steal for whomever.



  7. Rabbi Li
    6:20 pm July 1, 2018 Permalink

    I love Tyler Ulis. One of my favorite point guard in this history of Kentucky Basketball.

    However… Tyler’s stats while a pro didn’t get it done. It was in his hands.

    Granted, sometimes the way players are handled by coaches can affect their field goal percentages (FG & 3PT). Regardless, Tyler must prove himself… and Devin Booker is about to cost himself a lot of money acting like a fool in a business world.

    It’s not personal. It’s business and Tyler has to prove himself (which we know he can do).



    • The last sith lord
      7:47 am July 2, 2018 Permalink

      Rabbi li do u rap cause rt now u sound Ludicris. Name 3 back up pg better than tyler. Do u know b. Knight has not play a full season since 2014. B knight as a starting pg avg 15 pts a game n shot 39% on field goals. Ulis as a backup avg 7.8 with more assist assist than knight. Bookers words should carry more wieght since they put the franchise tag on him if i was booker id push for a trade like bledsoe. Phoenix is the worst team in the nba for a reason



  8. FunkyMonkey
    6:58 pm July 1, 2018 Permalink

    I admire Booker. The “business” should be to keep Booker with the Suns. I hope he follows Ulis wherever he goes. Phoenix never sticks with anybody. Hell, Larry Bird kept Mark Pope single handedly on the Pacers squad because he thought he was funny. I don’t see the motivation for Booker to stay with the Suns. All they’ll do is lose and Booker will burn his body out in the process. He should book out of there and take his buddy with him. No wonder Booker played well, he was happy because he was playing with his best friend. Phoenix is clueless.



    • dbookno1
      8:59 pm July 1, 2018 Permalink

      Not true at all. Please read a little bit about Phoenix’s roster the next time you want talk a bunch of crap.



    • notFromhere
      7:44 pm July 3, 2018 Permalink

      I’m with you, Funky. Silly move, but a business move none the less. You either make basketball moves or business moves sometimes. This was just the latter.

      Booker is in a good position to say something about it, so he should. He’ll get back to business either way



  9. CoachCat
    10:35 pm July 1, 2018 Permalink

    Totally true. You can tell you haven’t played organized ball. If you had then you’d know team chemistry is a very important part of winning



    • dbookno1
      1:23 am July 2, 2018 Permalink

      Yes, but booker isn’t the only player on the team. Obviously you can’t deny that playing with your best friend helps team chemistry and all. BUT how many times were Ulis and Booker on the floor together? How many minutes did Ulis play when Booker scored 70 points? 0!Booker has friends on the team other than Ulis, and if Phoenix shows some improvement this year, and really makes a stride, then Booker will definitely stay. If they don’t then he might leave, but it won’t be because of Ulis. Don’t get me wrong, I love Ulis, I didn’t want him to get cut, and I appreciate everything he did for Kentucky, but it’s a business and Ulis was the odd man out. Booker and Ulis have the same agent and there is a report that booker knew of this a week before, if it was gonna be a dealbreaker for him, then he would have gone straight to the front office. I’m sure he’ll be missed, but I’m confident Ulis will find a new home somewhere else in the league where he will hopefully strive.



  10. (Aixelsyd)0505
    9:05 am July 2, 2018 Permalink

    If the Lakers are smart they pick up TUlis and drop Lball