Bradley Handwerger / Sports Writer

WESTWEGO, La. ― Hornets assistant coach Mike Malone continues to heat up as someone in line to make the next step in the coaching carousel that is the NBA.

But don't expect Hornets coach Monty Williams to give up any information. Of course, it's hard to give up information when you don't know it.

On Friday, after the Hornets worked out 16 free agents at the Alario Center in a mini-camp atmosphere, Williams said he knew only what has been reported.

For now, Malone has been linked with the Lakers in an assistant coaching capacity, where he would hook up with friend and former boss Mike Brown, while several media outlets say he is a candidate to be the head coach at Golden State.

Malone was not at Friday's workouts.

'If Mike is going to go somewhere else, we're certainly not going to let him be here at one of our workouts,' Williams said. 'When we get information, it's for us. As soon as the situation is a little bit clear, he'll be with one team one way or another.'

That said, it wasn't hard feelings that kept Williams from allowing Malone to coach at the minicamp.

While competitive advantage was one reason, there was another one just as important.

'This is an exciting time for Mike and his family,' Williams said. 'I don't want to take away from that by him having to come to a workout. If he's here, he's not going to be thinking about this. He's going to be thinking about the opportunities that lie ahead of him.

'I just thought it made sense for him to not be around for awhile.'

Added General Manager Dell Demps, 'We're not going to try to slow him down. He has been great for us and we hope he comes back. But if he doesn't, we understand and we'll miss him, but we're just hoping for the best for him, hoping that he finds the right situation.'

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