PJ Hairston signs with Texas Legends D-League team


P.J. Hairston when he played for UNC.

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DALLAS — Former UNC standout P.J. Hairston has signed with the Texas Legends and will make his NBA Development League debut this weekend.

ESPN reported that Hairston makes his debut at 8 p.m. Saturday against the Austin Toros.

UNC head coach Roy Williams suspended Hairston indefinitely after a summer drug arrest and after he received multiple speeding tickets.

Hairston is not eligible to play in the NBA this season, but instead entered the 2014 draft process. Hairston said he submitted the paperwork Friday afternoon.

“I’m extremely grateful that the Texas Legends organization believes in my abilities, and thank them for signing me to their team” Hairston said, according to  the Legends.

Donnie Nelson, Legends owner and Dallas Mavericks president of basketball operations, said he is excited to add a Hairston.

“P.J. has been on the NBA radar for a number of years now, and the opportunity for him to develop and showcase his ability with the Legends is unique,” Nelson said.

UNC said Hairston scored 707 points and made 127 three-pointers in 71 games as a Tar Heel. Last year, he led UNC in scoring at 14.6 points per game and connected on 89 threes, the second-most in Carolina single-season history.

Read more: ESPN

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