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Hairston joins NBA D-League's Texas Legends

Posted January 14

P.J. Hairston (15) reacts to a play during the North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Duke Blue Devils NCAA basketball game, Saturday, March 9, 2013 in Chapel Hill, NC.

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.

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  • LUKECAGE Jan 16, 7:10 a.m.

    Wishing PJ all the best!!! He'll be a millionaire before the end of the year!!

  • hiker40diver Jan 15, 2:27 a.m.

    I guess they don't test for drugs in the D league.

  • spiritseeker Jan 15, 12:39 a.m.

    Since he has left UNC, just what were his grades like? Would he have become ineligible because of grades in any case?

  • Chasing the Dream Jan 14, 11:35 p.m.

    I don't think he will make it. Some kids are good to start with and get a chance to play pro ball but get a punk attitude that screws them up. PJ is going in and already has the attitude. He may be a good ball player but it will be the other parts of his life that will bring him down.

  • ClassyHill Jan 14, 7:27 p.m.

    I could see ol' TJ being a very nice replacement for the aging (yet still a baaaad balla) Vince Carter in the Mavs lineup.

    (Vinsanity, who by the way leapfrogged over Larry Bird on the all-time NBA scoring list, just sayin'.)

  • aqak33 Jan 14, 7:16 p.m.

    CLASSHILL,ONE THING HE WON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT,IS MONEY

  • heelsforever Jan 14, 6:46 p.m.

    The Swof sure is busy taking care of UNC.

  • dr103 Jan 14, 6:35 p.m.

    Now how smart is this guy. He has shown his intelligence

  • vt94hokies Jan 14, 6:31 p.m.

    I have to wish PJ the best. I hope he can take advantage of this opportunity and move forward in his life. He has the talent to do special things.

  • Mustang Jan 14, 5:53 p.m.

    Lots of wide open highways in Texas

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