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Hornets sign first round pick P.J. Hairston

Aug 22, 2014, 4:02 PM EDT

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P.J. Hairston was selected with the 26th overall pick by the Miami Heat in this year’s draft, before ending up with the Hornets in exchange for Shabazz Napier.

Hairston’s case was an unusual one, in that he was suspended mid-season while playing for the University of North Carolina, so he took his talents to the D-League to show the NBA scouts what he could do.

His performance there was enough to see him get drafted in the first round, which comes with it a guaranteed contract. The Hornets made that signing official on Friday.

From Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer:

The Charlotte Hornets have signed rookie P.J. Hairston, the former North   Carolina shooting guard they acquired in a draft-night trade with the Miami Heat.

The Heat chose Hairston 26th overall before dealing his draft rights to the Hornets. Under the NBA’s rookie pay scale for first-round picks, Hairston will get a guarantee the next two seasons totaling about $2 million. The Hornets would then hold two one-season options on Hairston before he’d become a restricted free agent.

Hairston’s troubles aren’t entirely behind him, as he was charged by authorities after getting into a fight during a pickup game in July. He later apologized, likely thanks to an assist from Hornets PR.

But Hairston was drafted based on his ability to play basketball, and he can certainly do that — he averaged 21.8 points per game in 26 appearances with the Texas Legends of the D-League last season.

  1. montrealknowledge - Aug 22, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    He’s now rich. Wish I had the game to be rich. Save your money, not sure how long you’ll be in the league, but 2 mil is more than what I’m making.

  2. asimonetti88 - Aug 22, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    He promptly celebrated by getting high in a felon’s car with Josh Gordon.

  3. buckshowalter - Aug 22, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    hopefully he doesnt sucker punch any high schoolers

  4. spursareold - Aug 22, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Next JR Smith.

  5. tomtravis76 - Aug 22, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    Lance and PJ are going to be fun to watch or a total disaster with PJ finding a new home come February.

  6. ProBasketballPundit - Aug 22, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    Hmm, bunch of haters already. Can’t wait for the Hornets to get the #3 seed and meet the Cavaliers in the conference finals.

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 22, 2014 at 5:15 PM

      That would be pretty entertaining. The Hornets are fun to watch.

      • ProBasketballPundit - Aug 22, 2014 at 5:18 PM

        Our biggest question mark is big man depth. Cody Zeller might be our starting 4 (yikes) and Biyombo is a total train wreck of a backup for Big Al.

        My hope is that Vonleh surprises everybody this year and earns the starting job.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 22, 2014 at 5:26 PM

      come on now… I’m rooting for Charlotte…

      Go Cody!

      but the combo of Lance and PJ is gonna be volatile. a team should only have one of those kinds of guys on a squad…

      • eugenesaxe1 - Aug 22, 2014 at 6:04 PM

        One knucklehead is one too many.

    • spursareold - Aug 22, 2014 at 5:53 PM

      It’s not being a hater to recognize that the young man has issues. I used to believe that such players could change, but professional sports does little to facilitate that. If he’s immature now, he will be in 10 years.

      • ProBasketballPundit - Aug 22, 2014 at 6:00 PM

        I definitely don’t expect Lance to grow up, but I’ve always thought a little bit of crazy can be great for a good team. Rodman, Laimbeer, Varajao, Lance are all guys who really get under the skin of opponents but also have a lot of skill.

        P.J. Hairston is a huge unknown. Does he have enough talent to make him worthwhile? Will he be a bad combination with Lance? Personally I was hoping we would get Rodney Hood with the 24th pick but I think he was taken one spot before us.

  7. rrhoe - Aug 22, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    P.J. Hairston,aka “Can’t Get Right”…….

  8. revren10 - Aug 22, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    BUST written all over him.

  9. mungman69 - Aug 22, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Vonleh is good ( will be good )
    ( he can become great ) but what I’ve seen of him he has a long way to go before he will get any serious minutes.

    Oh, that’s right, this article is about Hairston. Hareston has to grow up now. Will he? He will grow up when I learn to spel. Good luck!

    • ProBasketballPundit - Aug 22, 2014 at 10:58 PM

      I’m pretty drunk too. Especially after watching that garbage Panthers game. Hornets are our only chance at sports relevance this year WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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