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Updated: June 13th, 2014 9:32am
Sidney Lowe officially joins Flip Saunders' staff as an assistant

Sidney Lowe officially joins Flip Saunders' staff as an assistant

by Nate Sandell
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While the move had been rumored for several days, the Minnesota Timberwolves officially announced Friday that Sidney Lowe has been added to Flip Saunders' coaching staff as an assistant.

"We are excited to add Sid Lowe to our coaching staff," Saunders said in a statement. "I have great respect for Sid. He has a great basketball mind and an extensive coaching background as a head and assistant coach in both the NBA and collegiate levels, which will be extremely valuable on our staff. Sid relates well with players and will play an important role in the development of talent on our roster."

Lowe is well acquainted with Minnesota and Flip Saunders.

After finishing his four-year NBA playing career with one season in Minnesota (1989-90), Lowe first joined the Wolves as an assistant in 1991. He served a year-and-half as head coach after Jimmy Rodgers was fired midway through the 1992-93 season, going 33-102 in 135 games.

Lowe returned again to the Wolves six years later as an assistant, joining for Saunders' staff for two separate stints (1999-2000, 2003-05). Saunders brought Lowe with him to the Pistons in 2005 after he was fired from the Wolves.

Following a five-year run as head coach at North Carolina State (2006-11), Lowe made his way back to the NBA after former Wolves teammate Tyrone Corbin added him to his assistant staff with the Utah Jazz. Lowe spent three seasons in Utah until Corbin was fired by the Jazz in late-April.

Since announcing he was moving back into the Wolves' head coaching role, Saunders, who also serves as the team's president of basketball operations, has moved quickly to fill his staff.

Former Toronto Raptors head coach Sam Mitchell is also reportedly joining the Wolves, although that move has yet to be announced.

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