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New Hornets coach Monty Williams wants to clear the air with Chris Paul

Jul 17, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

And by “clear the air” we mean “try and convince him not to demand a trade which would result in the outright horrific downfall of the franchise.”

CBSSports.com’s Ken Berger reports that Hornets head coach Monty Williams plans on sitting down with point guard Chris Paul for a conversation about where the team is headed and to try and calm the waters after a tumultuous summer. With the Hornets missing the playoffs and with the stellar play of rookie Darren Collison, there had been substantial talk about Paul being traded.

Conflicting rumors suggested that the efforts to move Paul were from recently released GM Jeff Bower, or from outgoing ownership George Shinn despite Bower’s protests.With the upheaval in the front office, Paul has to be wondering about the future of the franchise. Which is likely why this meeting is taking place.

Williams will attempt to convince Paul they’re committed not only to winning, but using Paul’s talents to their max effectiveness. It’ll have to be a strong argument considering Paul has been watching his best friends sign deals to become instant contenders. Williams can have the talk, but if the play on the court doesn’t back it up, the Hornets are going to find themselves here again in a year.

  1. Jonathan Lockhart - Jul 17, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    Chris Paul should follow his dreams, let him decide where he wants to go. Depending on how much he wants a ring, or just making his fans happy will determine whether he stays or goes. I personally think he should join the Mavericks, he would be a perfect addition to their squad, giving Dirk an opportunity to play with another superstar, to increase his chances of winning a ring. A young veteran like Chris Paul would be great help for Dirk Nowitzki.

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