Brown returns to New Orleans to backup Paul

NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Hornets turned to a familiar face to fill an opening in the backcourt, signing Devin Brown on Friday.

Brown, formerly of the Cleveland Cavaliers, played with New Orleans two seasons ago and was brought back to bolster the depth in the backcourt depth. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The move was made following the departure of backup guard Jannero Pargo, who joined a team in Russia.

Brown, 6-foot-5, likely will be the primary backup to All-Star point guard Chris Paul and will join recently signed James Posey as a backup shooting guard. Brown, like Posey, also can play forward.

"I'll be all over the place," Brown said. "I can play [both guard spots and both forward spots]. If I was a couple of inches taller I could probably play a little center."

With Brown, Posey and veteran Mike James backing up Paul and shooting guard Morris Peterson, New Orleans should be versatile in the backcourt.

"We like the depth that [Brown] provides in a number of areas," Hornets general manager Jeff Bower said. "He's a veteran that we have a lot of confidence in."

Brown averaged 7.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 2.2 assists in 78 games with Cleveland last season. In 2006-07 with the Hornets, the 29-year-old Brown averaged 11.6 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 58 games.

When he was last with New Orleans, the injury-plagued team finished 39-43 and missed the playoffs. Last season the healthy Hornets won the Southwest Division with a franchise-record 56 victories.

"Last year they were able to keep everyone healthy and you saw what kind of product they put on the floor," Brown said. "I'm glad to be back."