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Hornets’ Hairston misses weights, sits

Orlando Magic's Maurice Harkless (21) gets past Charlotte Hornets' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) to shoot during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 1, 2015, in Orlando, Fla.
Orlando Magic's Maurice Harkless (21) gets past Charlotte Hornets' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) to shoot during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 1, 2015, in Orlando, Fla. AP

Charlotte Hornets rookie P.J. Hairston was inactive for Sunday’s game against Orlando after missing a weight-training session.

Two sources confirmed Hairston missed his weights obligation. It’s the latest in a series of transgressions large and small in Hairston’s rookie season.

The Hornets traded for Hairston’s draft rights on draft night in June in a prearranged deal with the Miami Heat. Just before the start of summer-league practices, he got into an altercation with a high-school basketball player at a Durham YMCA. Charges related to that fight were later dropped at the request of the alleged victim.

Hairston also retained a player-agent who hadn’t been certified by the National Basketball Players Association. Had the Hornets signed Hairston while he was still under noncertified representation, the team could have been subject to a fine from the NBA.

Hairston was also made inactive from a December game against the Boston Celtics after an unexcused absence from practice.

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