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Kai Sotto to make at least P10M in G-League deal

by Reynald Magallon, May 15, 2020 1:14pm

Kai Sotto isn't just making a big step towards his NBA dream. He's also in for a big paycheck.

According to Evan Daniels of 24/7 sports, the 7'2" Filipino wunderkind is signing a deal worth at least $200,000.

"Kai Sotto’s deal with the NBA G League is worth at least $200,000, sources tell @247Sports. Sotto, a 7-2 center from Philippines, is No. 51 overall in the @247Sports Rankings," said Daniels in a tweet.

Converting it to the Philippine currency, the deal will be at least 10 Million Pesos just by joining the NBA G-League select team which is expected to only play for five months.

Sotto, on Thursday, made his announcement through a lengthy Instagram post that he'll be taking the same route fellow highschool prospect Jalen Green took to get into the NBA.

Green though will have a much bigger deal considering he's an ESPN top-ranked talent. Shams Charania of The Athletics bared that Green is in for a $500,000 deal which would make at least 25 Million Pesos in the Philippine currency.

"Jalen Green’s NBA G League deal is expected to be in range of $500,000 and an ability to reach more with endorsements, appearances and education, sources told @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. " Charania tweeted.

In comparison, NBA G-League players only make an average of $35,000 (1.75 million pesos) a season. Sotto's deal still was also a far cry from what the professional players in the PBA make which can only go as high as the base salary of 420,000 pesos a month or just over 5 million pesos a year.

Meanwhile, G-League President Shareef Abdur-Rahim refused to dig deep into the players' deals saying that the league respects the privacy of the players.

"We think the players are all getting paid a good salary, but out of respect for their privacy, our policy is we don't wanna discuss that," Abdur-Rahim told the Philippine press in an online video conference organized by NBA Philippines, Thursday evening.

"There's a lot of rumors out there, but from a league standpoint, we don't want to discuss that."

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