Kai Sotto Not Rejoining G League Ignite

Kai Sotto, a 7’2″ center from the Philippines, will not return to the G League Ignite, as he and the team have mutually agreed to part ways, the club announced today in a press release.

Sotto was one of several young prospects who joined the Ignite, the NBAGL’s new select team, for its inaugural season in 2020/21. However, he didn’t end up appearing in any G League games, having left the Ignite in January to train with the Philippines National Team at the FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers in Qatar. That event was ultimately canceled, but Sotto won’t head back to the G League bubble at Walt Disney World for the home stretch of the NBAGL season.

“Kai and the team both understood the challenges for him to rejoin Ignite given the current international travel constraints, quarantine times and health and safety protocols,” NBA G League president Shareef Abdur-Rahim said in a statement. “Kai will always be part of the extended Ignite family and we wish him continued success as he pursues his NBA dreams.”

A four-star recruit, Sotto arrived stateside in 2019 and joined The Skill Factory, a prep program based in Georgia. A handful of colleges were believed to be keeping an eye on the big man, including Kentucky, Georgia Tech, Auburn, and USC, but he opted to go pro, joining the Ignite as he pursued an eventual NBA career.

Given that this season didn’t exactly play out as he likely envisioned, it’s unclear whether Sotto still intends to enter the 2021 draft. If he does, he’ll be something of a mystery to NBA teams, who didn’t really get a chance to scout him at all this season.

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29 thoughts on “Kai Sotto Not Rejoining G League Ignite

  1. Sheep8

    I am sure he will do just fine in the draft…teams will take a flyer on him and his height

    • Walladipo and Wood

      Maybe late in the 2nd round. He sounds like a poor man’s Zhou Qi.

    • Very Barry

      Nobody is gonna bite on this kid. Way overrated because of the high school team he played on. Has absolutely no shot whatsoever at guarding pick n roll. Selected him to the G-League team created unrealistic expectations for this kid.

  2. Steel_Houston

    Here’s a 4-team trade

    Houston Rockets
    Larry Nance Jr.
    Tristan Thompson
    Isaac Okoro
    Kostas Antetokounmpo
    Tacko Fall
    Talen Horton-Tucker

    Los Angeles Lakers
    P.J. Tucker
    Gus Williams
    Chris Edwards
    Tremont Waters

    Boston Celtics
    Eric Gordon
    Montrezl Harrell

    Cleveland Cavaliers
    Dante Exum
    Daniel Theis
    Aaron Nesmith
    Rodions Kurucs

  3. El Don

    Kai Sotto is a very excitin’ player! Can’t wait to see him in the NBA!
    He can do a bit of everything, shoot a bit, rebound, pass… I really think he can be close to All-Star level in a few years!
    Kind of reminds me of a “poor man’s” Jokic!

    • Very Barry

      He is not a good player. Bad feet. Very limited mobility. Offensive skills are still developing. He needs 4 years of college. He should go ahead and join his G-League team. He will be in the G-League next year.

      • osaegthong

        offensive skills still developing??? wtf lmao hes a solid passer and post shooter. u mean defensive skills. they dont need him to have much mobility or defense if the team already has a bunch of shooters. like wut jokic is doing rn. floor spacing

    • mike.honcho

      Jesus christ, @El Don, the kid can’t even make it to the first 60-picks of most mock drafts ……. and he’ll be close to All-Star level in a few years time, in your book?

      Indeed, you can’t teach height and the kid has some decent passing skills – but his overall speed and mobility are far from NBA standards.

      He’s still young though, needs some serious burn time somewhere in Europe or the G-League.

      • x%sure

        El Don is going to root for kids from islands… apparently, even islands on the other other side of the world!

        • osaegthong

          but they might have talent and upside that u may not know. it will be interesting to see the development of the next asian superstar who might be this one

  4. osaegthong

    the next yao ming? idk. i mean hes an excellent post shooter and shot creator.

    • illowa

      or maybe shawn bradley, hopefully not like a robert swift supersonic pick. could develop like bol bol too.

  5. vpolite

    The Warriors should by a 2nd rounder and take this kid. It would probably put them in the black on jersey sales alone.

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