Even though P.J. Hairston is part of the starting unit to begin the 2015-16 regular season, the Charlotte Hornets front office have decided to not pick up his third-year team option for 2016-17. From Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer:
- "While exercising these options are customary, the Hornets haven’t always let a drafted player go all the way through their rookie scale contract. Last summer, for instance, they chose not to exercise a qualifying offer to center Bismack Biyombo that would have restricted his free agency. Biyombo went on to sign with the Toronto Raptors. The Hornets acquired the rights to Hairston on draft night in 2014 after the Miami Heat chose him 26th overall."
Hairston will now enter July as an unrestricted free agent.