The belief that the Hornets will trade Chris Paul before the start of the 11-12 season if he hasn't agreed to an extension is growing, according to sources.

Paul met with GM Dell Demps on Monday and the tone was amicable.

But Paul did not tell Demps that he intends to sign an extension before the beginning of the regular season.

Sources say the Hornets want to avoid a situation similar to what occurred last season with the Nuggets and Carmelo Anthony.

The Clippers, Warriors, Rockets and Hawks have shown the most interest in trading for Paul.

The Clippers and Warriors, sources say, are the Hornets' preferred trade partners, but both teams are hesitant to pursue Paul without a commitment from him to stay with the franchise in the long-term.

Eric Gordon would not be included in any trade scenario for Paul because the Clippers haven't been given any assurances that he would re-sign with the team.