July 13, 2022 – After going undrafted in the 2022 NBA draft, Kai Sotto is turning over a new leaf as the 20-year-old Filipino basketball star had just signed with Wasserman Sports Agency. Just a few hours ago, Wasserman Basketball gladly welcomed Sotto to their team in an announcement on Twitter. As a result, Kai will be parting ways with Joel Bell and Bell Sports.
— Kai Sotto (@kzsottolive) July 13, 2022
Previously, his former agent, Joel Bell said that Kai would not be taking part in the NBA Summer League and will also not entertain any two-way contracts. It’s a big question as to why Sotto would refrain from taking a chance to shine in an actual NBA game and instead play elsewhere. Later after that announcement, Sotto told the media that his agent “misspoke” and their next move was not decided yet.
As the summer league has already started, it is safe to say that Kai Sotto is not going to play there and also has seemed to opt out of playing for the Philippines National Team, Gilas Pilipinas. Moreover, there are rumors that Kai could be returning to NBL to exercise 2nd year contract with the Adelaide 36ers. His former agent, Joel Bell, was the man behind Kai’s stint with the 36ers. He had a pretty decent career in the NBL, averaging 7.5 points and 4.5 rebounds while shooting an impressive 50% from the field.
Wasserman is a known sport and music agency based in Los Angeles, California.
This renowned sports agency is known to handle NBA stars like Russell Westbrook, Klay Thompson, Lu Dort, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Domantas Sabonis, Evan Mobley, and Derrick Rose. In addition to that, Wasserman is also popular in Hockey, Baseball, Football, Golf, and Rugby.
Sotto did not announce the reason behind his sudden change of handling agency. With Kai Sotto signing with Wasserman, the 7-foot-3 is still on the chase for the first Filipino homegrown NBA player. Although his next moves are still unknown, Kai Sotto might get more opportunities now that he has signed with a renowned agency.
After numerous predictions that Kai Sotto would get picked late in the 2nd round last June 23, his name was never called that night. It broke the hearts of many Filipino fans, but as the ratings are going, Kai is still moving forward for his dreams as well as for his fellow countrymen. It is time for Wasserman to make moves and pull some strings for the young athlete. Could they land Kai Sotto in the NBA in the future? Something Joel Bell wasn’t able to do.
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