AP source: Hornets' Paul requests to be traded


NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A person familiar with the situation says Chris Paul has requested a trade and the Hornets have scheduled a face-to-face meeting with the star guard on July 26th.

Paul will sit down with new head coach Monty Williams, new general manager Dell Demps and team president Hugh Weber, 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.

Paul, who cannot opt out of his contract for two years, said recently that he likes New Orleans but will be unhappy playing for the Hornets if they fail to demonstrate a commitment to winning immediately.

The only move the Hornets have made this offseason is resigning reserve center Aaron Gray.

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