MINNEAPOLIS - The Timberwolves bench will have a familiar look this season as veteran coach Sidney Lowe joins new head coach Flip Saunders on the team's coaching staff.

The hiring of Lowe was officially announced Friday, but comes as no major surprise: Lowe has coached alongside Saunders four times, previously serving as an assistant under him in Minnesota both from 1999-2000 and 2003-05, and in Detroit from 2005-06.

"We are excited to add Sid Lowe to our coaching staff," said Saunders in a written 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's basketball life in Minnesota originally began in 1989-90 as a Timberwolves player during the team's inaugural season, He retired after the season but stayed on as the team's television color analyst for the 1990-91 season. He became an assistant coach the next season under then-head-coach Jimmy Rodgers, eventually being promoted to head coach midway through the 1992-93 season and remaining in the position through the 1993-94 season.

The past 3 NBA seasons Lowe has served as an assistant with the Utah Jazz on former Timberwolves teammate Tyrone Corbin's staff. Before that he served as the head coach at North Carolina State University (2006-11).

Following five seasons as an assistant with Cleveland (1994-99) and one season with Minnesota (1999-2000), Lowe was named head coach of the Vancouver Grizzlies in June of 2000, eventually moving with the team to Memphis before stepping down shortly into the 2002-03 campaign.