I think they need to adjust the NS rules, but I don't know that the program is under threat.
You have to assume there's a high level of intelligence behind what the NBA teams do, so stashing non-required players like Didi in the NBL will always be an attractive option. Especially if we're paying!
I'm sure that our taking guys like Ball and Hampton irks some people, but is it enough of a threat to prompt costly retaliation??
I'm not 100% clear on the reasons behind the 12 months removed rule? It seems to me that a lot of these kids are already 18, so the legal impediments should be absent. I know there is a lot of socio-political heat associated with the idea of recruiting kids out of high-school, but they already put restrictions on the colleges recruiting so could just as easily extend that to the pros.
Keep in mind that the pros don't necessarily want these kids, they just don't want anyone else to get them first. Having the kids turn pro (and thereby negating any other sports scholarship offers) and play in a quality league like the NBL, which is both neutral and doesn't compete with the NBA, is probably a good solution.
There was a lot of talk about the G-League adopting its own program. I don't know if that happened, or is happening?? Maybe it created more problems than its solved??
Last thing anybody wants to see is a flood of kids turning pro, flooding the G-League, and being kicked to the curb after 1 or 2 seasons.
As corrupt as their system may be, the NCAA will claim the high-ground, pointing out that they are offering kids a "quality education" (sic) and the chance of a career outside sports.
The BIGGEST danger to our program is kids like Terry Armstrong. If he gets bounced after a season, can't get a gig anywhere, and winds up mowing lawns for a living instead of going to college, then the NBL is going to look like a bunch of dickheads.