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Hornets Ready To Sit Down With Paul

The New Orleans Hornets have heard all about Chris Paul’s desire to leave the team. Now, they want to hear it from him — and have a Monday meeting scheduled with the star guard.

“We’ll sit down with Chris on Monday and see what happens,” [head coach Monty] Williams told by phone Friday. “I’m as eager as anybody to see where this goes.”

It is a critical time for Williams, who is only in his second month on the job yet already is facing a crisis that could affect the franchise for years. His key ally in Monday’s sitdown with Paul, new GM Dell Demps, has only been on the job for 48 hours. Their goal will be to talk Paul out of his desire to be traded, which was first reported Wednesday by .

“This has become a national story, and it’s not a story,” Williams said. “Nothing has happened yet.”