Kai Sotto won’t rejoin Ignite in NBA G League

FILE — Kai Sotto in an Ignite jersey—PHOTO FROM KAI SOTTO’S INSTAGRAM

MANILA, Philippines—Kai Sotto won’t be rejoining Ignite in the NBA G League after all.

The announcement was made Tuesday after a “mutual decision” between Ignite and the Filipino center was reached.

“Kai and the team both understood the challenges for him to rejoin Ignite given the current international travel constraints, quarantine times and health and safety protocols,” said NBA G League President Shareef Abdur-Rahim in a statement.

“Kai will always be part of the extended Ignite family and we wish him continued success as he pursues his NBA dreams.”

The 7-foot-3 Sotto left the United States for the Philippines earlier this month in hopes of suiting up for Gilas Pilipinas in the 2021 Fiba Asia Cup qualifiers.

The tournament, however, got postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It remains to be seen where Sotto goes from here as far as his goal to become the first full-blooded Filipino to make the NBA is concerned.

Ignite, led by Fil-American Jalen Green, is at the halfway mark of the season with a 5-3 record.

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