Pistons President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars said the club signed the former Minnesota Timberwolves coach to a multi-year contract. Terms were not disclosed.
"Flip has developed a reputation as one of the top coaches in the NBA and has a proven track record for developing players and getting the most out of the teams he has coached," said Dumars.
Saunders, 50, has 411 NBA coaching victories, 33rd among all-time NBA head coaches and ninth among active NBA head coaches. In 10 years with the Timberwolves, he led the team to eight consecutive playoff appearances.
He takes over a team in Detroit that has been in the NBA Finals for the past two seasons, winning the NBA Championship in 2004.