Hornets sign first-rounder Hairston to multi-year contract

Former North Carolina product and current Hornets forward P.J. Hairston recently became the first NBA D-leaguer to be an NBA draftee in the same year.

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The new Charlotte Hornets signed North Carolina product P.J. Hairston on Friday — the franchise’s second first-rounder from the June draft.

Hairston, an NBA D-leaguer last season after leaving the UNC program who was taken at No. 26 overall by the Miami Heat, was acquired, via trade — along with rookie guard Semaj Christon — for the rights to UConn guard Shabazz Napier.

Hairston, a 6-foot-6 small forward who averaged 21.8 points and 3.5 rebounds for the Texas Legends, became the first NBA D-League player to be selected in the first round of the NBA draft.

With Hairston in the fold, along with high first-round pick Noah Vonleh, the Hornets can now focus on training camp in September and improving upon last year’s playoff standing — with Charlotte earning the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference (eventually falling to Miami in four games).