Ryan Saunders joins Wolves staff, is Chauncey Billups next?
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The Minnesota Timberwolves announced the addition of Ryan Saunders to the coaching staff on Tuesday.
Saunders, the son of Wolves president of basketball ops and coach Flip Saunders, was an assistant coach with the Washington Wizards for the past five seasons after serving one season under Tubby Smith at the University of Minnesota.
#Twolves officially name Ryan Saunders an ast coach on Flip Saunders' staff. Ryan comes to MN after five seasons in Washington.— Timberwolves PR (@Twolves_PR) July 1, 2014
Saunders joins Sidney Lowe, Sam Mitchell and David Adelman under Flip and another familiar face could be in the mix as well.
The Detroit Pistons did not pick up Chauncey Billups' $2.5 million option, making the NBA veteran a free agent.
If he chooses to retire, Saunders still plans on pursuing Billups as an assistant coach.
Billups could certainly play on somewhere as backcourt sage off the bench or take Flip Saunders up on offer to be his understudy in 'Sota— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 1, 2014
"That's a no comment, I plead the Fifth," Billups told KUSA-TV in Denver recently.
Stein initially reported Saunders' interest in Billups in June.
Saunders coached Billups' Pistons from 2005 through 2008, which included three straight trips to the Eastern Conference Finals. Billups played under Saunders in Minnesota as well from 2000 to 2002.