And-Ones: Hairston, Embiid, Draft

P.J. Hairston‘s journey to the NBA is a unique one, and may open the door for others to take a similar path in the future, writes Mark Murphy of The Boston Herald. On leaving North Carolina to play in the NBA D-League, Hairston said, “It wasn’t my choice to play in the D-League. I ended up there, and I wanted to be able to graduate, so I was in the D-League and took all of my courses. For some guys, it’s there for them if they want to. Some guys want to stay in college and graduate. It’s up to that person.”

More from around the league:

  • With the NBA moving toward smaller lineups, the traditional center position is changing, but Joel Embiid might be able to reverse the trend, writes Christopher Dempsey of The Denver Post.
  • Scott Howard-Cooper of proposes five tweaks for the NBA Draft lottery that could improve the process.
  • With the Thunder falling short of the NBA Finals again, Bradford Doolittle and Amin Elhassan of (Insider subscription required) look at the roster moves the team might make this summer, as well as opine on the team’s ideal rotation.
  •  Steve Ballmer’s $2 billion offer for the Clippers is nearly four times the record sale for an NBA team, and has experts puzzled over how the former Microsoft chief plans to make any money on the deal, write Charles Fleming, Walter Hamilton, and Andrea Chang of The Los Angeles Times.
  • Roscoe Smith will have pre-draft workouts this week with the Jazz, Bulls, and Suns, reports Adam Zagoria of (Twitter link). Smith is projected as a second-round pick in this June’s draft.

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