Well, in Ian's case, he's already being paid his NBA salary.Again...what makes you think the player will accept playing in Austin when he knows he can make more in Europe?
As far as the advantage of playing in the D-League for the average player, it's clear that it's the exposure to NBA scouts playing the NBA game. It's not rocket science. There has always been a churn of players between the D-League and Europe and that will continue. If the D-League is so unattractive to players, why do they routinely come back from Europe to play in the D-League? Opportunity.
I don't think the D-League will be a money-making operation everywhere it goes. I think attendance expectations in some venues are ridiculous. I actually kind of like how the Toros have been run -- cheap, small venue in a good location, lots of sponsors. Much more realistic than acting like you're going to sell out 18,000 seats and luxury boxes an arena in North Little Rock. I think the Vipers would have been better served playing in the venue the Silverados call home. It will be an interesting season down there. May the better team win.