There is certainly a line of logic that suggests that stashing a young player loaded with both upside and questions with your well-connected G-League team makes sense. That could be especially true in the case of Hall, a former top recruit who decided that college wasn’t for him and declined attending NC State to prepare for the NBA Draft. If he did indeed enroll with the Wolfpack, the idea that he’d even be a possibility for a two-way contract would probably be laughable.
There will be issues, primarily the ones reigning NBA champions Danny Green and Jared Dudley have echoed this week: However, the show will go on, and — barring any impasse in negotiations — the NBA will return before Christmas day. Which would be a marvelous Christmas gift. If Danny Green is right though, and LeBron James may sit out the first month of the season, easy solution: don’t play them on Christmas Day.
Saddiq Bey of Villanova could also make sense if Memphis were to make this move up the draft. He is much better than Williams from three (a staggering 45% from beyond the arc), and he is an upgrade defensively at this stage. But you’re taking Williams for his potential, whereas Bey is more prepared to contribute to winning basketball now.