OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Thunder will be without their two top assistant coaches for an undetermined amount of time.
Maurice Cheeks will be away from the team for a week while recovering from hip surgery. Monty Williams is also out as he continues to grieve the death of his wife, Ingrid, who was killed in a car accident last week.
Cheeks underwent surgery Wednesday to repair an ailing hip. He will return to practice and film sessions in a week but won't return to the bench during games for approximately six weeks.
With Williams away from the team indefinitely, the Thunder have added Mark Daigneault, the head coach of D-League affiliate Oklahoma City Blue, to the coaching staff for the remainder of the season.
"Maybe with some guys being in different situations because Monty and Mo are not here, so I'm much more sensitive in how I can help them do their jobs," OKC head coach Billy Donovan said. "But I totally trust them and have a lot of confidence in them. It's really a luxury in a lot of ways that you can have two guys as qualified as Monty and Mo, who are going through difficult times right now, that you can have other guys step into those roles and for me as a coach feel good about them."
A memorial service for Ingrid Williams will be held Thursday in Oklahoma City. Donovan said there has been no discussion yet about a return to the bench for Monty Williams.
"Obviously, Monty's had a lot to deal with, and I'm happy I got a chance [this week] to spend a little bit of time together, in person and over the phone," Donovan said. "But I think dealing with a lot of family coming in, dealing with his five children, dealing with the funeral, his kids being out of school and trying to get them reacquainted to school, I think all the things he's dealing with right now, we haven't even discussed that.
"And in reality it's not the most important thing. The most important thing is he takes care of his family and takes care of the things in front of him right now. There will be a time where he and I will have a chance to sit down and talk about those kinds of things, but I don't think that's the place right now."