Charlotte Hornets sign ex-Tar Heel P.J. Hairston

08/22/2014 7:55 PM

08/23/2014 2:16 AM

The Charlotte Hornets 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 single-season options for Hairston’s third and fourth seasons before he would become a restricted free agent.

The Hornets previously signed No. 9 overall pick, former Indiana forward Noah Vonleh.

Hairston originally retained Juan Morrow, who hadn’t been certified as an agent by the National Basketball Players Association, to represent him. Since then Morrow’s company, UMG Global, hired Jonathan Stahler, who is certified. Players Association official Robert Gadson confirmed Stahler is now Hairston’s agent of record.

A 6-foot-6 shooting guard, Hairston played in the NBA Development League last season after being ruled ineligible by the NCAA. Hairston averaged 21.8 points and shot 45.3 percent from the field and 35.8 percent from the 3-point line for the Texas Legends.

The Hornets gave up the draft rights to Connecticut point guard Shabazz Napier, the 24th overall pick, in return for Hairston and a package that included the 55th pick, a 2019 second-round pick and cash.

With Hairston’s signing, the Hornets have 14 players under contract with training camp in Asheville a little more than a month away. Teams can have a maximum of 15 players under contract during the regular season. Coach Steve Clifford has said he would like to see the team sign a third center.

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