So what's stopping teams from signing a local who has never played pro and calling them a next star so the NBL pays their salary?
The NBL has to decide that someone qualifies to be a Next Star, and then they're offered to every team in the league. Teams can't unilaterally declare Next Star status and certainly can't do so after
This is why the Wildcats signed John Mooney as an import. He was Next Star-eligible, but they didn't want him offered to other clubs.
If you are likely to get drafted should not come into it.
The entire point of the Next Star system is to generate media attention by having elite draft prospects playing in the league, to get NBA buyout money from first-round draft picks, and to build a relationship with the NBA whereby Australia becomes a respected league for building NBA-ready talent. If they're unlikely to get drafted, they can't help with any of those goals.
^ pretty sure thats called restraint of trade
a player can sign wherever and with who ever they want
Does the NBL now see itself as owning all the young Australian talent? If they control teams NOT being able to sign them. Pandoras box is open.
A player can do whatever they damn well please, what the fuck are you talking about?
If they're nominated as a Next Star, they get offered to all the teams in the league and there's a negotiation between interested clubs and the player as to where they'll go. Exactly like a normal contract negotiation.
There's also no rule that says Next Star-eligible players must be signed as Next Stars, so they're perfectly able to negotiate something outside of the Next Star system as well.