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Kai Sotto not in Hiroshima’s lineup

Where is Kai Sotto headed next?

A quick check of Hiroshima’s official roster page for the upcoming 2023-24 B.League season reveals that the Dragonflies currently have only 11 players on their team.

These players include tri-captains Shingo Asayama, Ryo Terashima, and Dwayne Evans II; Shogo Asayama, Kaine Roberts, Isaiah Murphy, Seiya Funyu, Kerry Blackshear, Toshiki Kamisawa, Takuto Nakamura, Nick Mayo, and Ryo Yamazaki.

Notably absent from the team is Sotto, who signed an extension with the team last May.

On other team pages, all Filipino imports are accounted for, including new signings AJ Edu of Toyama and Robert Bolick of Fukushima.

Multiple sources closely monitoring the situation have also informed Tiebreaker Times that the Dragonflies have been actively searching for a new Asian import to complete their team, dating back to last month.

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This development is intriguing, given that the Dragonflies had previously announced that the 7-foot-3 Filipino phenom has a contract clause allowing him to sign with another team only if it’s an NBA or G League team, with the team still retaining his rights.

In his debut season with the Dragonflies, Sotto averaged 8.92 points, 6.08 rebounds, and 1.29 blocks in 24 games played. He later participated in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

During the World Cup, Sotto averaged 6.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.

As of the time of publishing, Sotto’s camp has yet to respond to inquiries regarding the matter.FIBA-WC-PHI-vs.-CHN-Kai-Sotto-1491 Kai Sotto not in Hiroshima's lineup Basketball News  - philippine sports news

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