After two seasons with the Adelaide 36ers, Kai Sotto bids farewell to the team after a new opportunity arose.
Kai Sotto’s stint with the Adelaide 36ers in Australia’s National Basketball League had ended after playing for the squad for two seasons.
On Sunday, February 5, the team posted a statement on its website regarding Sotto signing with a new overseas team during the off season of the NBL.
“A new opportunity for me is really good and another opportunity for me to play basketball, I’m excited,” Sotto said, as quoted by the 36ers’ official website.
“I didn’t want to spend a lot of time not playing, I’m lucky I’ve been offered this deal.”
His decision to leave came right after losing to Melbourne United and bowing out of playoff contention in a game where he was assigned mostly on the bench and saw action for only a minute and 45 seconds, collecting a rebound, committing two fouls and a turnover during the first quarter, reported Rappler.
Sotto’s career in the NBL was not as smooth as he wanted but in his second season with Adelaide, he slowly showed his strengths as he was given a starting role for a couple of games and improved his career averages to 7.1 points and 4.5 rebounds across his 50 NBL appearances.
“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,” Sotto wrote in his Instagram account as his farewell to the city.
“I appreciate all my brothers that I got to share the court with. Thank you Adelaide!”
According to Tiebreaker Times, despite not disclosing his next destination, multiple sources closely monitoring the situation revealed that Sotto is set to play for Hiroshima Dragonflies in the B.League.
The Dragonflies initially signed De La Salle University product and Gilas Pilipinas mainstay Justine Baltazar as their Asian Quota Player but his two months stay with the team did not bring any results and was let go by the team in early 2023.
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