Hornets, Paul meet

Chris Paul is staying put with the New Orleans Hornets - at least for now.

The Hornets’ star guard did not request a trade Monday in his meeting with new coach Monty Williams and top team officials, general manager Dell Demps said.

Demps, essentially in his first day on the job since his hiring last week, said he is confident Paul would still be with New Orleans when the season opens.

Although Paul did not speak with the media, the team released a statement from him that indicated the three-time All-Star and Olympic gold medalist was encouraged by the Hornets’ recent coaching and front-office overhaul.

“The meeting went well. It was great to get an opportunity to sit down with coach Williams, president Weber and our new general manager, Dell Demps,” Paul’s statement said. “I expressed my desire to win and I like what they said about the direction that they want to take the team.”


Seven-time All-Star Tracy McGrady worked out for the Chicago Bulls with hopes of landing with the team he turned down a decade earlier. … Minnesota has agreed to trade point guard Ramon Sessions and forward Ryan Hollins to Cleveland for point guards Delonte West and Sebastian Telfair. The Timberwolves say they will also send the Cavaliers a future second-round pick. … The Celtics re-signed swingman Marquis Daniels.