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Hornets swingman P.J. Hairston signs rookie deal

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Hornets rookie P.J. Hairston has finally inked his rookie deal after an unfortunate snag hindered the process.

Grant Halverson

After Hornets draftee P.J. Hairston violated the NBA's Collective Bargaining Agreement by working with an agent not certified by the National Basketball Player's Association, there was some worry amongst fans that Hairston might not be able to play this season.

Luckily, the Hornets swingman corrected the problem and was able to sign his first NBA contract today.

Hairston was selected with the 26th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Miami Heat after the Hornets drafted Pat Riley's target, Shabazz Napier with the 21st pick. The Heat traded Hairston, Semaj Christon (the 55th pick), and a 2019 first-round pick to acquire Napier. Quite the coup for the Hornets.

Unfortunately, Hairston's agent, Juan Morrow, was not certified by the NBPA and subsequently he was unable to sign his rookie deal. Now, Hairston is working with a new agent, Jonathan Stahler.

The Hornets now have 14 players under contract for the 2014-2015 season.