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Pistons to name Saunders coach on Thursday July 20, 2005
Flip Saunders will be named the new Pistons coach at a news conference Thursday at The Palace, The Detroit News has learned.
Saunders, who replaces Larry Brown, will sign a four-year contract worth between $4 million and $5 million per season, a Pistons source confirmed Wednesday.
Saunders was considered the first choice to replace Brown, who was fired Tuesday.
Saunders, 50, coached the Minnesota Timberwolves for the past 961/27 years before being fired last season. His went 411-326 with the Timberwolves.
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Brown Out As Pistons Coach July 18, 2005
After back-to-back trips to the NBA Finals under Larry Brown, the Detroit Pistons will have a new coach next season. Pistons president Joe Dumars told ESPN that the team and Brown are in ongoing talks for a buyout of Brown's contract, which has three years left at an estimated $18 million.
Dumars added that Brown's staff has been told that the talks are ongoing. No one has been fired or dismissed.