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Kai Sotto bids Adelaide farewell, to make Hiroshima pitstop


Kai Sotto is moving on from Adelaide.

The 36ers announced that the 7-foot-3 Filipino big man has “agreed to an overseas” offer.

Accoring to multiple sources close monitoring the situation, the 20-year-old Sotto is headed to Hiroshima — one of the top team’s in the B.League.

Sotto only signed a deal for the remainder of the 2022-23 season. He will plot his next move after this stint.

“A new opportunity for me is really good and another opportunity for me to play basketball, I’m excited,” Sotto told Adelaide36ers.com.

“I didn’t want to spend a lot of time not playing, I’m lucky I’ve been offered this deal.”

After a failed stint with G League Ignite, Sotto signed a two-year deal as a special restricted player with Adelaide with the third year being an option.G-League-Ignite-Kai-Sotto-2 Kai Sotto bids Adelaide farewell, to make Hiroshima pitstop Basketball News  - philippine sports news

Sotto played a total of 50 games in the NBL, norming 7.1 points and 4.5 rebounds.

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Photo by Adelaide 36ers

“Every season here I’ve gotten better and I’ll just keep on going from there,” Sotto said.

CJ Bruton expressed support for Sotto who continues to chase the NBA dream after being undrafted last year.

“It’s all about taking the next step for Kai and he will continue to grow as basketballer,” Bruton said.

Adelaide was not able to make the post-season in the two seasons Sotto was there.

Though the journey he had with Adelaide was rocky, to say the least, he remains grateful for the time he spent there.

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Photo from Adelaide 36ers

“I am so grateful for the two unforgettable years in the city of Adelaide! It had its ups and downs, but I’m sure 36ers community will always be part of my life and I’ll miss this place. I appreciate all my brothers that I got to share the court with,” read Sotto’s post.

“Thank you, Adelaide!”

The Dragonflies are currently 27-9 this season.

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Hiroshima initially signed Justine Baltazar to be their Asian Quota Player but the La Salle product did not make an impact in his two-month stay there.

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