Los Angeles Lakers assistant Jason Kidd has removed his name from consideration for his job as head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers, he said Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN Sunday morning.
“Portland is a first-class organization and will have great candidates for its leadership job, but I decided not to be one of them,” Kidd said. “Whoever chooses will have big shoes to fill from Terry [Stotts]. “
Wojnarowski says Kidd was not comfortable with the idea of pursuing the position after Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard publicly called his hiring in an interview with Yahoo Sports a few hours after Stotts was fired Lillard’s public support left Kidd with the feeling of putting Lillard and Portland in an awkward position in case he pursued the opening.
Lillard also said in his interview with Yahoo Sports that he prefers Los Angeles Clippers assistant Chauncey Billups to be the franchise’s next coach.
According to Wojnarowski, Billups, former New York Knicks and Houston Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy, Brooklyn Nets assistant Mike D’Antoni and Michigan coach Juwan Howard are expected to be on Portland’s roster of candidates.
Kidd began coaching after a career in the NBA Hall of Fame. He compiled an 183-190 record with the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks before joining the Lakers as an assistant in 2019.
The 48-year-old is also expected to be considered for the vacant Boston Celtics coaching position.