Hornets acquire Songaila, Brown in trade for Daniels

Wednesday, September 9, 2009
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Hornets.com

The Hornets just announced that they have traded 12-year veteran point guard Antonio Daniels and a future second-round draft pick to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for forward Darius Songaila and point guard Bobby Brown.

My initial reaction is that it’s difficult to see any downside to this transaction from a Hornets perspective. Songaila has been a serviceable frontcourt reserve over his six-year NBA career, and should be able to provide New Orleans with additional depth off the bench. Songaila was a productive member of the rotation for a total of four playoff teams in Sacramento and Washington.

The other addition to the club, Brown first became known to Hornets fans as a member of New Orleans’ summer league team in July 2008. The 6-footer played so well in Las Vegas, averaging a Hornets-best 15.2 points per game, that he quickly drew contract offers from other NBA clubs. Brown eventually decided to sign a two-year guaranteed deal with Sacramento. He was traded midway through last season by the Kings to the Timberwolves.

By trading Daniels, who has one year remaining on his contract, the Hornets were also able to reduce their salary cap number for 2009-10.

Total of 74 Hornets games televised in 2009-10

With Cox Sports Television releasing its annual 65-game schedule today, we now know that a total of 74 Hornets games will be broadcast in the New Orleans area during the 2009-10 season, through either local or national TV.

Along with the 65 CST games, there will be nine Hornets games broadcast on national TV, resulting in the 74-game total. That means that there are just eight regular season games that will be available to watch only through NBA League Pass. Of the team’s final 45 games, beginning Jan. 15, only one game (March 31 vs. Washington) will not be aired on either CST or national TV.

CST’s 65-game regular season schedule will begin with the Hornets’ Oct. 30 home opener against the Sacramento Kings. The Oct. 28 game at San Antonio will be carried nationally by ESPN.

None of New Orleans’ preseason games will be broadcast on TV. However, fans can listen to the Hornets Radio Network for coverage of all eight preseason contests.