Kai Sotto’s decision to join Gilas Pilipinas for FIBA ​​Asia Cup ‘up in the air’

The FIBA ​​Asia Cup will coincide with the NBA Summer League, where Kai Sotto can showcase his wares and potentially earn a spot on the NBA roster.

MANILA, Philippines — Kai Sotto is more than welcome to join Gilas Pilipinas for the FIBA ​​Asia Cup.

National team head coach Chot Reyes says they invited Sotto to play in the continental tournament to be held in Indonesia as the 7ft 3in tall man was not selected in the previous one NBA draft.

“Up in the air,” Reyes said on Monday, June 27, when asked what Sotto and his side have decided.

Even though he wants to take part in the Asian Cup, Sotto faces a scheduling conflict as it runs from July 12-24, with some of its dates coinciding with the NBA Summer League.

The Summer League — scheduled for July 7-17 in Las Vegas — is a tournament where undrafted players like Sotto can showcase their wares and potentially earn spots on the NBA rosters.

Undrafted players who have made a name for themselves in the NBA in recent years include Yuta Watanabe of the Toronto Raptors, Alex Caruso of the Chicago Bulls, and Duncan Robinson of the Miami Heat, to name a few.

US agent Joel Bell, who manages Sotto, claimed earlier that the Filipino star won’t accept Summer League invitations and will play for Gilas Pilipinas instead.

But Sotto said his agent “misspoke” and “no decision has been made” on his Summer League plans.

Sotto also has the option of returning to the National Basketball League in Australia, where he still has a two-year permanent contract with the Adelaide 36ers. – Rappler.com

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