Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported Thursday that the Houston Rockets have signed guard P.J. Hairston to a training camp contract. The deal is non-guaranteed, but the Rockets will retain his D-League rights as well.
The 23-year-old was selected 26th overall in the first-round of the 2014 NBA Draft by the Miami Heat before being dealt to the Charlotte Hornets on draft night. He notably became the first D-League player to be selected in the first-round of the NBA Draft.
Hairston, known primarily as a scorer during his time in college at North Carolina, has struggled to do so thus far in two NBA seasons. In 93 games with the Hornets over a season-and-a-half, the 6-5 guard averaged 5.8 points and connected on just 30.8 percent of his three-point attempts. Hairston was sent to the Memphis Grizzlies in a three-way deal at last season’s trade deadline. In 18 appearances for Memphis, including nine starts, he averaged 6.9 points and 2.6 rebounds in just under 21 minutes per game.
After leading the team in scoring during his sophomore season at North Carolina, Hairston was suspended ahead of his junior year on the heels of numerous run-ins with the law, including a reckless driving charge. The school subsequently conducted an investigation into Hairston’s use of rental cars linked to a convicted felon. UNC decided against reinstating Hairston after he missed the season’s first 10 games.
From there, he was selected by the Texas Legends of the D-League in January 2014. In 26 games with the Legends that season, Hairston averaged 21.8 points per game.
The Rockets’ training camp roster now stands at 19 players with 14 guaranteed contracts for the upcoming season on the books.