WESTWEGO, La. (AP) — New Orleans Hornets head coach Monty Williams says current assistant Randy Ayers will be his lead assistant next season, filling a void created by Mike Malone’s decision last week to join the staff of new Golden State head coach Mark Jackson.

Williams says promoting Ayers makes sense because he has spent a season in New Orleans and has been both a head coach and lead assistant before.

Ayers was the Philadelphia 76ers’ head coach for part of the 2003-04 season.

Williams, who is hosting a youth basketball camp this week, says he still intends to hire a new assistant coach, but wants to be deliberate in filling that job and is not offering a timeline for doing so.