Tyler Ulis Reportedly Waived by Suns After 2 Seasons

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistJune 30, 2018

Phoenix Suns guard Tyler Ulis (8) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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Tyler Ulis' time in the desert has come to an end.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Saturday that the Phoenix Suns have waived Ulis as they continue to create room under the salary cap. 

It was just two years ago that Phoenix took the 5'10", 150-pound guard out of Kentucky with the fourth pick in the second round of the 2016 NBA draft. 

Ulis averaged 7.8 points, 4.4 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 23.4 minutes per game this past season. He shot just 38.8 percent from the floor and 28.8 percent from beyond the arc. While his shooting numbers may not jump off the page, he used an increase in playing time to show he can get his teammates involved.

Unfortunately for him, he has averaged just 66 games through his first two years in the league. Injuries, such as his ankle one as a rookie, have cost him time.

It became clear that Ulis' time with the Suns could be nearing an end when the team drafted point guard Elie Okobo with the 31st overall pick in this month's draft. Phoenix had to decide whether or not it would pick up Ulis' $1.54 million option for next season, and in the end, it decided cap space was more valuable.

Ulis, 22, now must wait to see which team will give him a chance to prove himself.