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Kai Sotto moves to Yokohama B-Corsairs in B.League loan deal from Hiroshima Dragonflies

Kai Sotto is joining Yokohama for the rest of the B.League season. Kennelf Monteza (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Kai Sotto is moving to another team as he is gearing up for his B.League return.

As announced on Thursday, the seven-foot-three center has joined the Yokohama B-Corsairs in a loan agreement with his original team, the Hiroshima Dragonflies.

According to Yokohama, the transfer already took effect on Tuesday, but "he is currently awaiting approval for his MWO (migrant workers office) application."

The team added that Sotto, who is set to return from a back injury, could be activated immediately once he gets the MWO approval.

The loan deal will last until the end of the season.

"I would like to thank everyone involved in the Yokohama B-Corsairs club for believing in me and signing me to play for the team despite my recovery from injury. I am very honored to have been given this opportunity, and I would like to make the most of it. I'm very excited to play for Yokohama. I'm looking forward to winning more games and growing as a player," Sotto said in a statement.

To make room for Sotto, team manager Ken Takeda said that Edward Morris was waived as the B-Corsairs, currently 10-14 in the standings, are making a huge push toward a playoff berth.

"Kai Sotto, who has joined the team on loan from Hiroshima, is a very promising young player with a size of 220 cm and a soft shooting touch. We have high expectations for him, not only as an inside defense and rebounder, but also as a new option on offense. I believe that with the addition of Sotto, the team will gain even more energy and accelerate into the mid-game and second-half games," Takeda said.

If Sotto gets cleared, he could be inserted as soon as Yokohama's two-game home stand this weekend against Mikawa.

The B-Corsairs will then travel to Toyama to take on AJ Edu, Quincy Miller, and the Grouses in the first weekend of 2024 and to Shinshu to battle RJ Abarrientos, Matthew Aquino, and the Brave Warriors on Jan. 17.

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