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Hornets' Paul wants out of New Orleans

All-star point guard Chris Paul has asked to be traded and the New Orleans Hornets have scheduled a meeting with him on Monday, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Paul will meet with new head coach Monty Williams, new general manager Dell Demps and team president Hugh Weber in New Orleans, the person told The Associated Press on Thursday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not made plans to meet with Paul public, and because Paul has not publicly demanded a trade.

The person also said that Paul, through his representatives, has told the Hornets he would prefer to be dealt to one of only a handful of teams, including the New York Knicks and Orlando Magic.

Paul, 25, cannot opt out of his contract for two years. However, he said at a recent charity golf tournament that he will be unhappy playing for the Hornets if they fail to demonstrate a commitment to winning immediately.

The only free-agent move the Hornets have made this offseason is re-signing reserve center Aaron Gray.

The Hornets also have made it clear they have no intention of trading Paul.

Weber said earlier this month there was “no question” Paul would be in a Hornets uniform when next season opened.

After the Hornets came within one game of advancing to the 2008 Western Conference finals, Paul agreed to a four-year, $68 million extension that went into effect last season.

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