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Mavericks' D-League team to claim P.J. Hairston

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NBDL's Texas legends acquire ex-UNC star Hairston

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FILE - In this March 17, 2013, file photo, North Carolina's P.J. Hairston (15) walks downcourt during NCAA college basketball game against Miami in the championship of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C. Hairston says he will play in the NBA Development League. In a statement, Hairston said he submitted paperwork to play in the league Friday afternoon, Jan. 10, 2014. The Tar Heels' leading scorer never played this season after the school decided last month not to seek his reinstatement for NCAA rules violations.(AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Former North Carolina guard P.J. Hairston will be claimed off waivers by the Dallas Mavericks' Development League affiliate, the Texas Legends, a source told Yahoo Sports.

North Carolina announced on Dec. 20 that it would not seek Hairston's reinstatement from the NCAA. He had been suspended for NCAA violations, including the use of rental cars tied to a convicted felon. Hairston led the Tar Heels in scoring last season as a sophomore with 14.6 points a game and made 89 3-pointers. He filed paperwork on Friday to play in the NBA's D-League.

The Legends were able to select Hairston because they were first on the D-League's waiver list. Hairston will not be eligible to play in the NBA this season and can file to join the 2014 NBA draft.

After being kicked off Georgia Tech's roster, Glen Rice Jr. led Rio Grande to a 2013 D-League title before being taken 35th overall in last year's NBA draft by the Washington Wizards.

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