By LARRY VAUGHT
Former Kentucky standout Tyler Ulis is now a NBA free agent after Phoenix failed to pick up the $1.5 million option on him for next year. He has played the last two years for the Suns after being picked in the second round of the 2016 draft — a move that former UK teammate Devin Booker helped persuade the Suns to make.
Ulis was the 2016 Southeastern Conference Player of the Year as well as the Defensive Player of the Year. He was also a UK fan favorite — and one of the league’s most difficult players to guard.