Hairston joins NBA D-League's Texas Legends
Posted January 14
Former North Carolina guard P.J. Hairston has joined the NBA Development League after the Texas Legends, an affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks, selected him in the NBA-DL’s player pool Tuesday.
“I’m extremely grateful that the Texas Legends organization believes in my abilities, and thank them for signing me to their team” commented Hairston. “I intend to take full advantage of this opportunity. This is another positive step towards accomplishing the goals I set out for myself. This is an exciting time.”
After losing the remainder of his NCAA basketball eligibility in December, Hairston decided to step away from school altogether.
It was announced Dec. 20 that UNC would not to reinstate Hairston following multiple off-the-court issues, including a June 5 traffic stop where marijuana and a gun were recovered in and near a car that was rented out by a convicted felon. Hairston was arrested and charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession and driving without a license but the charges were dismissed on July 22 after Hairston showed proof that he had a driver's license and had completed a drug assessment program.
Hairston, a Greensboro native, averaged a team-high 14.6 points per game for the Tar Heels a year ago. In the course of his 71-game Carolina career, he scored 707 points and made 127 three-pointers. He will be the first player to enter the NBA Development League mid-season after having been enrolled in college to start the 2013-14 season.
The former Tar Heel is expected to be in uniform for the Legends home game against the Austin Toros Saturday, January 18th, at 7 pm.