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Updated: July 1st, 2014 9:21am
Ryan Saunders joins Wolves staff, is Chauncey Billups next?

Ryan Saunders joins Wolves staff, is Chauncey Billups next?

by Andrew Krammer
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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. 

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. 

"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.

Andrew Krammer covers the Minnesota Vikings for He previously covered the Gophers men's basketball team for the Minnesota Daily.
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