NBA: Kai Sotto still part of G-League Ignite, but future uncertain – reports

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Kai Sotto’s journey to the NBA took a huge hit in the past month after his decision to represent Gilas Pilipinas led to consequences regarding his G-League stint.

The 7-3 Filipino star returned to the Philippines earlier this month to play for Gilas in the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers 3rd window originally slated for Qatar.

The event was postponed and hosting was given back to Clark in the Philippines with final dates still to be set.

The events coincided with the start of the G-League bubble starting in Orlando, Florida, where Sotto’s Team Ignite is part of.

Now, Sotto is reportedly heading back to the United States in an attempt to rejoin Ignite as soon as possible, a logistical challenge considering the pandemic situation.

Veteran journalist Homer Sayson reported that Sotto, according to his source, will require 6 negative tests, among other requirements, to just be able to rejoin the bubble and play.

Sayson also added that Team Ignite has reportedly not yet heard from Sotto’s camp.

PhilStar’a Luisa Morales, meanwhile, reported that Sotto is still a part of Team Ignite.

Ignite head coach Brian Shaw commented on the situation last week, saying that the issue is best left for those in the authority.

“That’ll be something that will be determined by the people that are above my pay grade,” he said.

It is projected that Sotto will be able to rejoin by February 24, but only time can tell what happens next to his journey.

Levi Verora