Hairston signs with Hornets
Posted August 22
Charlotte, N.C. — P.J. Hairston, the guard who was dropped from the University of North Carolina Tar Heels for behavior issues and started his professional career in the NBA Development League in 2013-14, has signed a contract with the Charlotte Hornets, the team announced Friday. Terms of the deal were not released.
The Hornets drafted Hairston with the 26th pick overall in the 2014 NBA Draft, and he became the first D-League player ever to be taken in the first round.
During his Carolina career, Hairston averaged 10 points and 3.2 rebounds in 71 career games. In his sophomore season, he led the Tar Heels in scoring with a 14.6 points per game average.
A series of run-ins with the law cost Hairston his scholarship in Chapel Hill, but he landed with the D-League's Texas Legends, where he averaged 21.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 32.3 minutes, while shooting .453 from the field, .358 from beyond the three-point line and .870 from the free-throw line.
Questions about Hairston's character surfaced again this summer.
First he lent a vehicle to NFL wide receiver Josh Gordon, who was arrested for speeding and DWI in Raleigh over the Fourth of July weekend. Then he was issued a criminal summons for assault and battery following an altercation with a 17-year-old during a pick-up game.
“I still have a lot of growing up to do," Hairston allowed in an interview at Hornets camp.
His next court appearance in the assault is scheduled for Sept. 12.