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December 23, 2013

D-League spokesperson: P.J. Hairston would be eligible to play there this season

If former North Carolina guard P.J. Hairston wants to play in the NBA’s Development League this season, and a D-League franchise wants to sign him, there’s nothing in the league’s rules that would preclude that.

            According to D-League spokesperson Joanna Shapiro, if a player is ruled ineligible by the NCAA (as Hairston was) and he’s at least 18 and his high school class has graduated (applicable), he’s eligible to sign a D-League contract.

            Shapiro added that once a player signs a pro contract, D-League or otherwise, he immediately becomes eligible for the NBA draft the following spring.

            Hairston has given no indication of his options, beyond a statement from a family spokesperson Friday saying he’ll address future plans sometime in the next few weeks.

            North Carolina announced last week that it would not seek Hairston’s reinstatement from the NCAA. That followed Hairston sitting out the season’s first 10 games and an investigation by both the school and the NCAA about impermissible benefits Hairston might have received.

            The investigation centered on Hairston’s use of certain rental cars over the past year.

            The Hairston family expressed displeasure that North Carolina chose not to pursue his reinstatement, effectively ending his playing career as a Tar Heel.

Posted by Observer Sports on December 23, 2013 at 03:36 PM | Permalink


That's what he should do instead of just waiting 4 the draft

Posted by: Vincent | Dec 24, 2013 8:09:41 AM

Glen rice Jr. Did this last year.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 24, 2013 10:40:27 AM

Kemba needs to get in some of these all-star discussion. How he is leading the Cats is impressive. Took over in OT last night, coming off that buzzer beater in Toronto, he is not only getting better, but becoming a clutch performer.

Posted by: Season Ticketholder 2 | Dec 24, 2013 1:52:16 PM

Hey STH, why don't you assume the helm as Lead Slurper and take responsibility for a *Vote Shorty In* movement?

You do realize the NBA All-Star team is selected through fan voting for which ballot box stuffing is not only tolerated, in many cases encouraged!

Talk is cheap slurper, you gonna step up? I'm betting you don't....

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Dec 25, 2013 10:02:23 PM

Seriously? I am a .....simply because I think Kemba should be in the all-star discussion? You are a class act buddy,

Might want to brush up on how all-stars are selected. Starters are through fan vote. Reserves are picked by coaches. No movement needed. Being a jerk and being wrong must feel extra special this time of the year.

Posted by: Season Ticketholder 2 | Dec 26, 2013 8:01:42 AM

Oh I'm fully aware of how they're selected but do you really think Shorty will make the short list with any coaches other than his own? (and He can't vote for Shorty)

Hence, you need to lead the ballot stuffing charge...are you up for it?

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Dec 26, 2013 9:32:19 AM

^^^If this guy actually knows how the process works, he would know Kemba has a much better chance with Eastern conference coaches that he has been lighting up instead of fans that vote in injured players and players that have built in advantages in large cities. He scorched TO, MIL, Det, NY, Miami, Cle, Brooklyn and Boston. Should get some votes there. Dude is a straight up hater and a moron that. Bad combo. Merry Christmas.

Posted by: Russ | Dec 26, 2013 9:51:19 AM

One comment on how Kemba deserves consideration and I get insulted and now need to be the head of a fan campaign. Someone has issues. Would mean more coming from the coaches anyway.

Posted by: Season Ticket Holder 2 | Dec 26, 2013 11:05:22 AM

Love Kemba. My favorite player on the team by far. would be awesome to see him in the All-Star Game!

Posted by: Fan in the Triangle | Dec 26, 2013 11:07:03 AM

Coach Clifford should definitely get votes for coach of the year. An all-star and coach of the year would be solid.

Posted by: DD | Dec 26, 2013 11:18:13 AM


Posted by: Johnny | Dec 26, 2013 11:19:20 AM

Too bad Big Al was hurt or we might have 2 guys with a chance to get in.

Posted by: Special K | Dec 26, 2013 11:36:48 AM

How are coaches selected? He should be in the mix. What he has done especially with the defense is incredible.

Posted by: DD | Dec 26, 2013 12:09:36 PM

Trade speculation. Affalo for Bismack and a late first round pick? I would have to endorse that deal.

Posted by: Mike T. | Dec 26, 2013 1:06:25 PM

Afflalo? This team would be legit with him, make that move. Solid 3/4 seed in the East with him. Can play 2 or 3. Shoots and defends. Lots of lineup flexibility. Won't find a mid first rounder that good. The Bobcats/hornets would have a solid lineup that could compete against anyone.

Posted by: John | Dec 26, 2013 7:42:02 PM

You guys are hilarious. Aaron afflalo would make this team "legit". The same team that lost to Utah? Or the one that had to go to overtime to beat Milwaukee and Toronto?

What team are you all watching?

They are only SLIGHTLY better than last year, and the w/l is inflated by all the tanking happening in the eastern conference. And we STILL aren't beating the teams we are supposed to. Nor are we beating ANYONE of merit. The defensive improvement had everything to do with swapping guys like mullens and haywood and warrick for zeller, mcroberts and aAl. Even Jefferson creates better defense because of his offensive efficiency and ability to save players energy by eating up possessions on offense with isos. Added experience to kemba, hen do, Taylor, biz, mkg all had a lot to do with the fast start and also to do with the recent decline statistically considering two of them are out and one isn't playing the amount of minutes he did the first month of the season.

This isn't a good team, don't kid yourself. It's a horrible eastern conference this year besides two juggarnauts. So yeah.....sure.....let's make a short sighted trade in the interest of being a three or four seed in the east. Let's go ahead and push all our chips forward on a team that doesn't stand a chance against ANYBODY good.

The jokes on us and all of you guys are laughing like it isn't.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 27, 2013 8:12:07 AM

The East is horrible and it will remain that way. 3 or 4 rookies, some that won't even end up in the East will not change it. The team will likely be picking in the mid first round. If you think any of those guys are better than Afaflo, I have some swamp land for you. Get him now, get MKG back and you have a very good team that you can still add to next year.

Posted by: Mike T. | Dec 27, 2013 10:43:49 AM

Kemba is awesome and should be an all star this year. He is shooting better than Kyrie and other point guards in the East and takes way fewer shots. Assists will always be lower than other PG's because of our poor shooting percentage.

Posted by: Tyrese | Dec 27, 2013 12:53:52 PM

Mike - nobody is saying mid 1st rounder is better than afflalo, although you could make an argument for a hairston or harrison.

Afflalo isn't making the team a contender, just makes it more difficult to land a guy that would make us a contender. We're onlylike two or three games out of the bottom 6.

The east will get significantly better because of this draft class, barring sac and utah landing two of the studs and further strengthening the west.

We're going nowhere fast. And afflalo isn't the answer. How many games is orlando winning? Denver won a ton last year after trading he and nene away. Afflalo is a player, but he isn't a franchise player. He's offensive version of hendo. And hhen do makes less and is younger.

All we need to do is develop mkg and zeller and biz and get a top 6 pick by all means possible. and or make a big trade for a real franchise guy.

Jefferson for bynum and cleveland's 1st seems perfect to accomplish both. Throw in waiters too if need be.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 28, 2013 1:02:00 PM

"^^^If this guy actually knows how the process works, he would know Kemba has a much better chance with Eastern conference coaches that he has been lighting up instead of fans that vote in injured players and players that have built in advantages in large cities."


The only way Shorty E-V-E-R makes an All-Star team is through a ballot box stuffing campaign.

STH, get off your slurping butt and lead the charge you piker you...

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Dec 29, 2013 10:14:13 PM

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