Kai Sotto Allegedly Demands P22-Million for His Stint in the Gilas Pilipinas
Filipino professional basketball player Kai Zachary Perlado Sotto allegedly demands P22-million talent fee from Gilas Pilipinas.
According to the sports website Fastbreak, Kai’s management is seeking up to $400,000 for the Japan B.League center to participate in the 2023 FIBA World Cup. Sotto would be paid up to P22 million for his time with the Philippine national team.
According to a Fastbreak source, it is unclear whether the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) granted Kai’s request, based on the article. Sotto averaged 4 points, 3 rebounds, and 0.5 assists in two games in the ongoing FIBA World Cup.
Sotto had eight points, four rebounds, and three assists in their game against Angola. Meanwhile, according to the article, Utah Jazz star Jordan Clarkson would be paid $1 million or P56 million for his participation in Gilas Pilipinas.
According to Fastbreak, the SBP will provide Clarkson $1 million, with insurance provided separately. According to the source, this is a reasonable asking price for the former NBA Sixth Man of the Year.
Clarkson’s asking price remains low in comparison to Kai’s. In fact, when you consider what Kai Sotto is asking from the SBP, it is already a steal, according to the source.
Clarkson averaged 24.5 points, 5 rebounds, and 7 assists in two games against the Dominican Republic and Angola in the current 2023 FIBA World Cup. Despite Clarkson’s excellent play, Gilas failed to win the World Cup.
Gilas Pilipinas will face world No. 10 Italy at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Tuesday night, August 29, to conclude the 2023 FIBA World Cup group stage. The game begins at 8 p.m. Filipinos are hoping for a miracle, and undoubtedly a “perfect game,” to defeat the Italians.
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