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Rumor: James advises Paul to stay West

07.24.10 at 9:28 pm ET

According to a tweet by Cavs beat writer Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, LeBron James is advising Chris Paul to seek a trade, but to stay in the Western Conference to keep it competitive.

Paul has two years before he becomes a free agent but has put a plan in motion to force a trade out of New Orleans for the 2010-11 season. He is rumored to be favoring Eastern Conference contenders the Magic and Knicks as future places to play. Paul, also interested in playing for the Lakers in the West, plans to meet with New Orleans executives Monday to discuss his future with the team.

James endorsed Paul’s decision to be traded when he tweeted Thursday, “Best of luck to my brother @oneandonlycp3. Do what’s best for You and your family.”

Yahoo! reported earlier this month that a source familiar with the deal said Paul joined forces with James’ marketing company, LRMR.

Howard Beck with the New York Times, however, said Paul has not yet made the official decision to join the Cleveland-based firm founded by James and friend Maverick Carter.

Paul ended his relationship with his former agency, Octagon, earlier this month and hired Leon Rose, an agent with C.A.A. Rose, who is close to William Wesley, an NBA confidant to several players, including James.

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