East West Private refutes Joel Bell's statements, insists no decision yet on Kai's destination

Published June 24, 2022, 2:31 PM

by Reynald I. Magallon

East West Private cleared the air regarding Kai Sotto’s next move after going undrafted in the NBA 2022 draft on Friday, June 24.

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Confusion surrounded Sotto’s camp after his agent Joel Bell revealed in an interview with News5 that the 7-foot-3 Filipino sensation has opted to play for the Gilas Pilipinas and passed up a potential stint in NBA Summer League – a route which most undrafted players take in hopes to impress NBA teams and eventually land a contract with the teams.

Sotto, however, took to the social media hours after the interview was aired and refuted his agent’s statement, saying that Bell “misspoke” and no decision has been made yet regarding the Summer League stint.

In a statement released to the media, East West Private said that Sotto’s camp is still plotting its next move and that they are keeping all the options open including the Summer League.

“Kai Sotto and his management team East West Private wish to clarify that at the moment, no decision has been made as to what his next step will be. Kai is exploring all options, including playing in the NBA Summer League,” the statement read.

“Kai’s NBA agent Joel Bell has still to discuss with Kai and East West Private what are the available options so that his comments about future plans are strictly his views,” it added.

Sotto’s camp however will have to decide which route they will take as the two events are expected to coincide against each other.

Gilas’ games in the third window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers are slated on June 30 against New Zealand and July 3 against India, while the 2022 FIBA Asia Cup in Indonesia is set to fire off July 12.

The Summer League on the other hand will run from July 2 to 6 in California and Utah, and 7 to 17 in Las Vegas.