The Charlotte Hornets summer league team blew out the New Orleans Pelicans 104-75 at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas on Thursday.
The Hornets shot 50 percent from the field and 60 percent from 3-point range. First-round pick P.J. Hairston led scoring with 21 points, making 8 of 16 shots from the field and 4 of 9 from 3-point range.
Cody Zeller added 16 points off 5-of-10 shooting from the field and point guard Mickey McConnell added 11 assists (although he committed five turnovers).
The Hornets are now in the elimination-tournament phase of summer league. They next play Saturday at 4 p.m. Eastern, versus the winner of the game between the New York Knicks and the Development League select team.
Boozer headed to Lakers
Carlos Boozer has a new home and a new conference.
Returning to the Western Conference he once dominated for the Utah Jazz, the former Duke star landed with the Los Angeles Lakers when the Lakers posted the highest bid in the amnesty waiver process.
The Bulls used the amnesty provision on Boozer on Tuesday. Teams with salary-cap space were allowed to post blind bids before Thursdays 4 p.m. Central deadline. The team with the highest bid claimed Boozer and offset the $16.8 million the Bulls owe him for next season. Chicago Tribune
• Ed Davis is on his way to the Lakers, agreeing to a two-year, $2 million deal on Wednesday night.
Toronto made Davis the 13th overall pick in 2010 out of North Carolina. AP
Around The League
Indiana: The Pacers blew Lance Stephenson a kiss goodbye and jumped on Rodney Stuckey to fill the void.
The Pacers agreed to terms with Stuckey on a one-year deal Wednesday. The deal comes one day after the Charlotte Hornets swooped in to land Stephenson.
Los Angeles Clippers: A transgender woman found slain in Baltimore is the sibling of Clippers reserve and former North Carolina star Reggie Bullock.
Bullock confirmed that Mia Henderson, who was born Kevin Long, was his sister.
Baltimore police say Henderson, 26, was found dead early Wednesday morning in an alley in northwest Baltimore. Police have not identified any suspects or established a motive, and they dont know yet whether theres any connection to the slaying of another transgender woman last month.
Washington: The Wizards have acquired center DeJuan Blair in a sign-and-trade deal with the Dallas Mavericks.
The 6-foot-7 Blair averaged 6.4 points and 4.7 rebounds in 78 games in his only season with Dallas. He spent his first four seasons with San Antonio and has career averages of 7.5 points and 5.6 rebounds. Dallas obtained the rights to Emir Preldzic in Tuesdays trade. The 6-9 Preldzic was selected by Phoenix with the 57th overall pick in the 2009 draft.
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