The interim title attached to Suns’ coach Lindsey Hunter won’t disappear before the end of the season.

Lon Babby, Phoenix’s president of basketball operations, reaffirmed Thursday that no decision on Hunter’s future would be decided until the off-season.

The Suns are 10-18 under Hunter, who replaced Alvin Gentry as head coach in mid-January.

“We said all along we’re going to wait until the end of the year to assess the full body of work, and that’s what we’re going to do,” Babby said.

Asked what has encouraged him about Hunter, Babby said: “There have been positives but you’re not going to trick me into answering your question. I’m not going to give an interim report on the interim coach.”

Hunter said he’s OK with not knowing his status beyond the final 13 games this season.

“The least of my worries is that,” he said. “I would not even want to talk about that right now. I’ve got bigger things to do. I’ve got a lot to handle.”

But wouldn’t it be easier to implement the culture change he’s so often talked about if the players knew he would be the head coach next year?

“Probably, but that’s not the situation,” Hunter said.

“I have to practice what I preach to these guys. Whatever the situation you’re in, you have to make the best of it and do the right thing.”