Kai Sotto to play with Orlando Magic, hopes to be a regular NBA team member remains alive
Sotto, who is hoping to become the first homegrown Filipino to make the NBA, went undrafted in the 2022 NBA Draft last year.
Sotto, if given enough playing time with the Orlando Magic, is set to play against the first-round picks of Detroit, Indiana and Portland, according to Manila Times.
A 6-foot-7 winger drafted as fifth overall by Detroit, Thompson, 20, averaged 16.3 points, 7.1 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 2.4 steals for the City Reapers whom he led to the 2023 Overtime Elite championship. Thompson seized both the Season Most Valuable Player (MVP) and Finals MVP in that season.
Washington drafted Walker eighth overall but traded him and two future second-round picks to the Pacers in exchange for the draft rights to Bilal Coulibaly.
Sotto’s Orlando and Henderson’s Portland collide on July 14 at 9 a.m.
Henderson, 19, cashed in 17.6 points, 5.6 assists and 5.1 rebounds for the Ignite team in the NBA G-League 2023 season.
Besides Detroit, Indiana and Portland, Sotto and the Magic will also face the New York Knicks on July 13 at 8 a.m. Their fifth game is not yet announced as of posting time.