TBH I am more concerned about the rumours of the money being paid to LaMelo, perhaps acting in concert with this relaxed interpretation of the rule.
The one thing I don't like about LK's NBL is the lack of transparency. They announce one thing, then do another.
Next Stars are supposed to get paid $100k. If Didi is getting paid that, as a drafted but uncontracted player, then no problem.
But you have rumours of Next Stars being paid over 4 times that amount.
If true, I would hate to see a club getting away with paying that to bring in a stashed NBA player "off the books" under the NS program.
I don't think there is a problem with Didi, or any other current Next Star, but once you set the precedent you have to be careful about what somebody does next year.
In a year or two Martin & Wagstaff will retire. With a Naturalised Cotton, and the ability to sign 3 imports, do we really want to see the Cats' bench boosted by a highly paid NBA draftee??