Kai Sotto has decided to re-sign with Japan B. League team Hiroshima Dragonflies although will still be flying to US to chase his NBA dream with a couple of workouts with teams from the big league.
Kai Sotto re-signs with Hiroshima but continues chase for NBA dream
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Kai Sotto has decided to re-sign with Japan B. League team Hiroshima Dragonflies although will still be flying to the US to chase his NBA dream with a couple of workouts with teams from the big league.
Kai Sotto signs with Hiroshima but is still set to fly to US for a couple of workouts with NBA teams (B.League Photo)
The Dragonflies announced on Wednesday, May 2,4 that the 7-foot-3 center is returning for one more season with the team after agreeing to an extension although the deal will be immediately canceled if Sotto manages to make it to the NBA according to general manager Shuji Okazaki.
“Kai has an option to sign with an NBA team, so if he signs with an NBA team this summer, there is a possibility that his contract with Hiroshima will be canceled,” said Okazaki.
“I am so grateful to the club for giving me this opportunity, and I am happy to have the chance to play in Japan next season,” said Sotto who was coming off a solid stint with Hiroshima putting up numbers of 9.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks.
"The NBA is my biggest dream, so I will continue to work hard in the United States this summer,” added the 21-year-old center.
Sotto is reportedly set for a work out with NBA teams during the off-season including a mini camp with the Utah Jazz where Filipino-American and Gilas Pilipinas teammate Jordan Clarkson played for last season before becoming a free-agent in the summer.
He went undrafted in last year’s NBA draft and had since then signed with renowned sports agency Wasserman.
Sotto joined Hiroshima in the middle of the 2022-23 season after an uneventful two-year stint with Adelaider 36ers in the Australia NBL. He helped the Dragonflies to a sixth seed finish in the regular season before bowing out in the quarterfinals.