Ulis was waived Saturday by the Suns, SScott Bordow of The Arizona Republic reports. The young point guard will hit the free agent market after averaging 7.8 points 4.4 points in Phoenix during his sophomore season. With the team's recent draft addition of Elie Okobo, Ulis found himself as the odd man out, playing the role of a guard who had trouble from deep, where he only shot 28.8 percent. He'll hit the free agent market with two years of experience despite only being 22.
Ulis provided 14 points (5-10 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 3-3 FT), eight assists, two steals and one block during the Suns' 124-97 win over the Mavericks on Tuesday. Ulis finished out the regular season by scoring in double figures in each of the Suns' last 10 games. The former Kentucky Wildcat had his best season of his young career where he averaged 7.8 points, 4.4 assists and 1.8 rebounds across 71 games played, all career bests.
Ulis posted 15 points (5-15 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 10 assists and two rebounds across 37 minutes in Sunday's 117-100 loss to the Warriors. Ulis continues to thrive in the absence of Elfrid Payton (knee), which is likely to extend into the final game of the season against the Mavericks on Tuesday. The 22-year-old has posted nine consecutive double-digit scoring efforts, generating double-doubles in two of those contests. Ulis' accuracy has seen its fair share of fluctuations, but he continues to power through any struggles by keeping his shot volume high. Factoring in Sunday's production, he's averaging 14.0 points, 8.0 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals across four April games.
Ulis posted 16 points (7-13 FG, 2-3 3Pt), five rebounds, four assists and two steals in 30 minutes during Friday's 122-103 loss to the Pelicans. While Friday's stat line wasn't as explosive as his past few games, Ulis performed admirably with the Suns backcourt crippled. Ulis' future is intriguing and it begs the question why the Suns felt like Elfrid Payton was a necessary addition when they already had talent like Ulis on their bench. Conventional wisdom says that there will be too many cooks in the kitchen for the Suns next year, and it's apparent that Ulis is too good for a bench role.
Ulis collected 13 points (4-12 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 5-6 FT), nine assists, three rebounds and one steal across 36 minutes in Tuesday's 97-94 win over the Kings. Ulis continues to run with the first unit in the absence of Elfrid Payton (knee) and produce solid all-around lines. The 22-year-old now has seven straight double-digit scoring efforts, and he's dished out between eight and 12 assists in five of the last seven contests. Poor shooting has capped his scoring contributions over the last three contests as well, as he's shot 35.7 percent or worse during that stretch.
Last 7 Games
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