Former University of Kentucky point guard Tyler Ulis elicited sympathy on NBA Draft night when he slipped into the second round and missed out on the guaranteed contract a first-round selection automatically receives.
However, visions of Ulis struggling to make a roster or make ends meet appear to have been premature.
A report by Paul Coro in the Arizona Republic says the Phoenix Suns will sign Ulis to a contract that will look much like that of a late first-round pick. The report said Ulis will receive about $1 million a year for two years, with both years guaranteed.
Ulis was selected by Phoenix with the 34th pick in the June 23 draft — the fourth pick of the second round.
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He joins a Suns roster that already includes four guards who played at the University of Kentucky — Eric Bledsoe, Devin Booker, Archie Goodwin and Brandon Knight.
As a sophomore at Kentucky, Ulis was named Southeastern Conference Player of the Year and SEC Defensive Player of the Year.
He was projected for much of the spring as a first-round selection but his stock slipped in the weeks leading up to the draft amid reports of a hip injury.
Ulis will make his professional debut in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas from July 8 to 18. Ulis is joined on the Suns’ Summer League roster by Booker and former University of Louisville guard Kyle Kuric. Phoenix opens play Saturday against Portland.