The saga of P.J. Hairston has taken its next turn.
Per Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today, the next place you will see the former North Carolina star play basketball might be the NBA Development League:
Inside Carolina provides confirmation from Hairston about his future:
As for a landing spot, Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that the Texas Legends plan to claim Hairston:
Hairston has found his name in the headlines for all the wrong reasons since the summer. The former McDonald's All-American was under NCAA investigation for driving rental cars linked to an ex-convict during the offseason, and he had yet to play for the Tar Heels in 2013-14 as a result.
In fact, North Carolina recently announced that it wouldn’t apply for Hairston’s reinstatement, meaning his days as a college athlete in Chapel Hill are essentially done.
North Carolina has had an up-and-down season without Hairston. The Tar Heels have victories over Louisville, Michigan State and Kentucky, but also five losses, including inexplicable defeats at the hands of Belmont, UAB, Wake Forest and Miami.
The argument can be made that a steady hand as a go-to option such as Hairston would have helped North Carolina establish more consistency this season, but that is hypothetical now. It will be up to remaining standouts James Michael McAdoo and Marcus Paige to ensure the Tar Heels find themselves in the NCAA tournament this season.
It is worth noting that Hairston enrolled to take online classes at North Carolina, so his days as a student may not be over even as he tests the D-League waters.