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Kai Sotto’s NBA draft quest falls short as teams pass on the Filipino prospect

Kai Sotto’s bid to become the first-ever homegrown Filipino in the NBA will have to go through other paths after failing to get his name called on Draft Night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on Thursday.

Thirty teams passed on Sotto in the annual draft, which saw Paolo Banchero and Chet Holmgren go at No. 1 and No. 2 for the Orlando Magic and the Oklahoma City Thunder, while Jabari Smith Jr. was picked up by the Houston Rockets to round off an expected top three.

Throughout the draft process, Sotto worked out with the Magic, the New York Knicks, the Sacramento Kings and the Indiana Pacers.

Not all hope is lost for Sotto, though, as he tries to get an invite for the 2022 NBA Summer League slated to start on July 7. Impressing with his play there can still get him a training camp deal or a two-way contract, which means he is eligible to play in 50 of the team’s 82 games and…




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