Tayshaun Prince has officially reunited with Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders, signing a one-year contract Thursday with the team that Saunders also presides over as director of basketball operations.
“We’re excited to add a veteran like Tayshaun,” Saunders said. “Having coached Tayshaun for three seasons in Detroit, I know that his experience and defensive mindset will benefit our younger players. He also has shown that he can shoot from long distance, which will help our ability to stretch the floor.”
Prince, 35, spent the first 10-plus seasons of his career with the Detroit Pistons, including three seasons in which Saunders served as his coach (2005-08). Prince started all 82 games those three seasons, part of a stretch of six straight seasons in which he played all 82 games.
The 6-9 forward averaged 7.5 points and 3.6 rebounds in 24.1 minutes in 58 games split between Memphis, Boston and Detroit last season. He has career averages of 11.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 940 games.
Prince figures to be in a reserve role with the Wolves at small forward, where last season’s NBA Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins is the starter, backed by Shabazz Muhammad.