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Hornets sign P.J. Hairston
Rookie acquired in deal with Miami
 
Published Friday, August 22, 2014 2:00 pm
by Herbert L. White

The Charlotte Hornets have signed first-round draft pick P.J. Hairston.


Charlotte acquired Hairston’s rights from Miami as well as those to Heat second-round Semaj Christon, along with a 2019 second-round draft pick and cash in exchange for the rights to guard Shabazz Napier the 24th overall pick. Hairston was the 26th choice; Christon was 55th.


Hairston, a 6-6 guard/forward, was the first NBA D-League player to be selected in the first round of the NBA Draft.  He was a D-League All-Rookie second team pick after averaging 21.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game, while shooting 45.3 percent from the field and 35.8 percent from three-point range (73-204). Hairston scored 29 points or more in eight D-League games, including a pair of 40-point outbursts.


Hairston, a Greensboro native who played two seasons North Carolina, averaged 10.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.0 assist as a Tar Heel. As a sophomore in 2012-13, he led the Tar Heels in scoring at 14.6 points before being declared ineligible by the NCAA during an investigation into impermissible benefits.

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