Yea they can play a development player, just a huge drop off on talent from say Henry to a DP or player like Joyce, i think it would have been good to let them have Ubaka, keep them about the same level and not destroy there season, would think the same for any club when a key player goes down with a season ending injury. Im a 36ers supporter, not a fan of Heal and the Kings, but sort of feel sorry for them and the Hawks having there seasons go from almost certian to make playoffs to having there seasons destroyed by injury and may hang on if they are lucky.
The only difference between Hurdle going down, who was able to be replaced by Grant, and Henry going down and not being able to be replaced is timing, not sure thats totally fair, not like teams plan these injuries at certain times to rort the system, so yea id give the kings Ubaka for Henry, and allow Knight to play for Crosswhite. Assuming both fit the points and salary caps.
But i guess that is pro sports, injuries can ruin a season, happens in all sports/leagues i guess.
I personally think as long as its within both caps there should be no other restriction.
To stop the 'Shaq' coming in a dominating argument, make it they have to pay the injury replacement player a certain salary, could be say 50-80k, so wont get you the stud, but would be enough for a solid Ubaka type import, if the team has a import spot available, as in this case the kings do.
I think its better for the league to have Ubaka come in and replace Henry rather than Joyce/White being thrown in the deep end to replace him, who would the average fan rather watch play? Id say Ubaka.
I spose a rule is a rule, but imo roster restrictions should be looked at and simplified imo.
If your roster fits within the caps its all good, end of story for me.