HoopsHype PJ Hairston rumors

August 22, 2014 Updates

Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has signed first-round draft pick P.J. Hairston. The Hornets acquired the rights to Hairston (26th overall pick) and guard Semaj Christon (55th overall pick), along with a 2019 second-round draft pick and cash considerations, from the Miami Heat in exchange for the rights to guard Shabazz Napier (24th overall pick). Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. NBA.com

August 9, 2014 Updates

The assault and battery case involving Charlotte Hornets rookie guard P.J. Hairston has been rescheduled for September. Hairston was due to appear in Durham County court Friday on a misdemeanor charge of assault and battery following an altercation with a high school basketball player during a pickup game last month. Police had issued a summons for Hairston but did not arrest him. WFMY

August 8, 2014 Updates

Charlotte Hornets rookie P.J. Hairston’s court case, regarding an allegation he twice punched a Durham teenager, has been continued until at least September 12. Hairston was scheduled for an initial appearance Friday in Durham County Court. One of his Durham-based attorneys, William Thomas II, requested the continuance. Neither Hairston nor his accuser, Kentrell Barkley, was in the courtroom. Charlotte Observer

Thomas later said Hairston’s case might not be heard until Oct. 3. That could potentially conflict with Hornets training camp in early October in Asheville. Hairston got into an altercation with Barkley on July 6 during a pickup game at a Durham YMCA. Barkley, a 6-foot-5 senior at Northern Durham High School, said Hairston twice punched him without provocation. "These matters are routinely continued. This is called an initial appearance,’ Thomas said as he left court. "The initial inquiry was whether Mr. Hairston has counsel." Charlotte Observer

July 25, 2014 Updates
July 11, 2014 Updates

Charlotte Hornets rookie P.J. Hairston said he was blindsided Friday morning by a Sporting News report that the agent he chose isn’t certified by the National Basketball Players Association. Hairston said he’s still gathering information regarding Juan Morrow, the agent he hired before being chosen 26th overall last month. “I didn’t know anything about this until this morning when I saw my Twitter account blowing up,” Hairston told the Observer following Hornets shootaround. “I’m going to talk to my family and figure some stuff out.” Charlotte Observer

July 10, 2014 Updates

There’s yet another wrinkle in the P.J. Hairston saga. Hairston’s agent, Juan Morrow, identifies himself as a “certified player agent” on his website and social media profiles for his agency, Upside Media Group. According to the National Basketball Players Association, that’s not true. In fact, Robert Gadson, director of the NBPA’s Security and Agent Administration Department told Sporting News on Thursday that there is “no record of a Juan Morrow in (the NBPA’s) files, nor is there record of an applicant by that name.” Sporting News

Sporting News reached out to Hornets VP of Communications, Mike Cristaldi, to find out whether the Hornets are aware of Morrow’s status. Cristaldi said the Hornets would not be able to confirm knowledge of Morrow’s certification. If it is discovered that an agent’s certifications were not valid when a contract was signed, then “all terms within the contract are voided,” Gadson said. It is unclear whether rookie contract negotiations between the Hornets and Hairston have taken place. Sporting News

July 8, 2014 Updates

Charlotte Hornets rookie and former North Carolina star guard P.J. Hairston has to appear in Durham County Court on misdemeanor charges of assault and battery following an altercation during a pickup basketball game. Paul Sherwin, public information officer for the Durham County Sheriff's Office, says Hairston was issued a summons on Monday but will not be arrested. Hairston's court date is Aug. 8. Boston Herald

July 7, 2014 Updates

Charlotte Hornets rookie P.J. Hairston was involved in an altercation with a 17-year-old high school basketball player during a pickup game Sunday in Durham, N.C., in which the player alleged Hairston twice punched him. Yahoo! Sports

Hairston's agent told Yahoo Sports that Hairston did hit Northern Durham High School senior Kentrell Barkley during the game at a YMCA – but said it was in retaliation to Barkley first punching Hairston. "It was two kids in a gym who got into it during a pickup game," said Hairston's agent Juan Morrow, who tried to dismiss it as a "minor altercation." "They're trying to make it a big deal because it was P.J." Yahoo! Sports

July 6, 2014 Updates

Marc J. Spears: Hornets rookie PJ Hairston got into a minor altercation with a prep senior in a pickup game in Durham, NC,today his agent confirmed to Yahoo. Hairston punched Northern Durham High sr. forward Kentrell Barkley after the latter threw a punch first, Hairston's agent Juan Morrow said. The Hornets are aware of rookie forward PJ Hairston's pickup game dust up at the Durham (N.C.) YMCA today, his agent Juan Morrow told Yahoo. Twitter @SpearsNBAYahoo

July 2, 2014 Updates
June 27, 2014 Updates

The Miami HEAT announced today that they have acquired the draft rights to guard Shabazz Napier (24th overall) from the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for the draft rights to P.J. Hairston (26th overall) and Semaj Christon (55th overall), a 2019 second-round draft choice and cash considerations. “Shabazz Napier is a winner, he’s a two-time NCAA champion and he’s one of the elite players in college basketball,” said HEAT President Pat Riley. “We feel very fortunate we were able to acquire him and we feel like he fits in extremely well. He has a high motor, high basketball IQ, is a great shooter and has great character.” NBA.com

June 26, 2014 Updates

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