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Berger: Nets, Hornets in Talks on Chris Paul

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Ken Berger, who broke the story of Chris Paul's unhappiness with the Hornets, now reports New Orleans has been in talks with the Nets and Bobcats and those talks are "expected to advance in the coming days." Berger gave no details on who or what the Nets might offer.

Berger quotes anonymous sources as "confirming prior discussions" and that Paul's representatives "are continuing to push Paul's exit strategy from New Orleans--something members of the organization are well aware of and expected."

The Nets and Hornets talked about Paul in June. After meeting Monday with GM Dell Demps and coach Monty Williams, Paul said he hopes "to represent the city of New Orleans and state of Louisiana for many years to come.’’

The Nets anticipate that the Hornets would also want to move Emeka Okafor (and the $52 million remaining on his contract) and would want Derrick Favors in return.  Under league rules, Favors cannot be traded til August 15, 30 days after signing his rookie contract. The Nets are unlikely to part with the 19-year-old.