Hairston was waived Saturday by the Rockets, Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News reports.
The former first-round pick was forced to settle for a partially-guaranteed deal from the Rockets in training camp after shooting a woeful 34.3 percent from the floor through his first two seasons, but did little to rebuild his stock in the preseason. Assuming he goes unclaimed off waivers, Hairston figures to look for an opportunity in the D-League.
Hairston split the 2015-16 campaign between the Grizzlies and Hornets, but saw the majority of his action in Charlotte, where he started 43 of the 48 games and averaged 6.0 points and 2.7 rebounds over 19.5 minutes per outing. The Rockets are lacking in depth on the wing, which could enhance Hairston's case for making the roster, but he's unlikely to see meaningful playing time after a pair of uninspiring seasons to begin his career. Over 111 NBA games, Hairston has shot 34.3 percent from the field and 29.5 percent from three-point range.
P.J. Hairston had six points (2-7 FG, 2-5 3Pt) and three rebounds in 24 minutes during the Memphis Grizzlies ' 110-84 loss to the Clippers on Tuesday.
Hairston returned to the lineup last Friday versus the Mavericks after a groin injury forced him to miss the previous 11 games. Hairston averaged 23 minutes per game in March, and his 24 minutes on Tuesday seems to indicate he is fully recovered. Still, he is an efficient scorer without much of a track record for being useful in fantasy, and the Grizzlies close the season versus the defending champion Warriors on Wednesday.
Hairston is officially off the
It will be the 11th consecutive absence for Hairston, who is still working back from a strained left groin. Coach Dave Joerger said Monday that the team is expecting to have Hairston back before the end of the regular season, and they're handling his status on a game-to-game basis. As such, Hairston should be considered questionable for Friday's game against the Mavericks.
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