The Phoenix Suns apparently didn’t take the feelings of star guard Devin Booker under consideration when they released Tyler Ulis.
According to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports, Booker is upset with the front office in Phoenix for releasing Ulis, who is his best friend, and who started 43 games last season. As alluded to by Charania, the timing of this could potentially be problematic. Booker is becoming eligible for a five-year maximum rookie extension.
Ulis was a solid role player for Phoenix the past two seasons. A former second-round pick out of Kentucky, he appeared in 132 games, earning 58 starts, averaging 7.6 points, 1.7 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 0.9 steals per game. He was due to make just over $1.5 million in 2018-19, and $1.68 million in 2019-20.
As for Booker, perhaps he’ll get over this due to the team’s recent acquisition of Deandre Ayton in the 2018 NBA Draft. And if Phoenix can potentially lure in another star-caliber player in free agency, then this frustrating development could be old news, rather quickly.