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Free-agent guard Tyler Ulis was waived by the Phoenix Suns after the season and a league source told Amico Hoops he’d like to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Cavs have a mutual interest in Ulis, bringing him to Cleveland recently for a workout. But it is a long-shot proposition. Fourteen of 15 roster spots are already filled. The Cavs may wait until the regular season to add another player.
Also, Ulis is 5-foot-9 and has not proven to be a reliable outside shooter. He spent each of his first two seasons with the Suns and shot just 40 percent from the floor and 28 percent on 3-pointers.
Still, Ulis believes he’d fit in well with the Cavs. They do like his speed, court vision and winning attitude. He is also a pesky defender.
Another thing that could work in his favor is coach Tyronn Lue may use a system of two point guards. Rookie Collin Sexton could start alongside veteran George Hill. If not, those two are still expected to at times be on the floor together.
It’s conceivable that the Cavs could carry four true point guards, or at least three with another player who is capable of handling the ball.
Former Atlanta Hawks point guard Isaiah Taylor will also be in training camp. Sources have said Canton Charge point guard Scoochie Smith is coming, too.
But neither Taylor nor Smith have the experience of Ulis, who appeared in 71 games for the Suns last season. He started 43 times and averaged 7.8 points and 4.4 assists.
Ulis appeals to the Cavs for all those reasons, but they may keep their options open, even for camp. General manager Koby Altman and his staff are looking at other guards as well.
Ulis was drafted by the Suns out of Kentucky with the No. 34 overall pick in 2016. He was due to make $1.54 million before the Suns declined the option and sent him into free agency. Apparently, Suns standout guard Devin Booker was not happy with the decision. Booker and others have made it clear they think Ulis is an NBA player.
And Ulis has made it clear he intends to get another opportunity in the NBA. Right now, he hopes that opportunity comes with the Cavaliers.