Hornets may deal Paul before the season

Sources have told ESPN's Chris Broussard and Marc Stein that the New Orleans Hornets may deal Chris Paul before the season starts.

According to Stein and Broussard, Paul met with New Orleans GM Dell Demps on Monday. The meeting was amicable but Paul "did not tell the Hornets he is prepared to sign an extension before the regular season before opening day."

Sources also told Broussard and Stein that three teams -- the Mavericks, Celtics and Rockets -- have told the Hornets they'd be willing to deal for Paul without the guarantee that he'd sign an extension.

This may hurt the Knicks' chances of landing Paul in a trade because sources told Broussard and Stein that "the Hornets are convinced that they can receive more from any of the so-called gambling teams than from the Knicks, who are widely regarded as Paul's No. 1 preferred destination."

Stay tuned. Things should get very interesting.

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