Jason Kidd says he won’t be candidate for Portland Trail Blazers’ coaching vacancy despite Damian Lillard endorsement

Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Jason Kidd says he is not going to put himself in consideration for the Portland Trail Blazers head-coaching vacancy.

"Portland's a first-class organization and will have great candidates for its head coaching job, but I've decided not to be one of them," Kidd told ESPN.com. "Whoever they choose will have big shoes to fill from Terry [Stotts]."

On Friday, Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard expressed his desire to have Kidd as the team's next coach, telling Yahoo Sports that "Jason Kidd is the guy I want. "

According to the report, Kidd was uncomfortable with going after the job after Lillard's endorsement.

Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Jason Kidd during the fourth quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center. (Photo: Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports)

Los Angeles Clippers assistant Chauncey Billups, former New York Knicks and Houston Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy and Brooklyn Nets assistant Mike D'Antoni are among the candidates to replace Stotts, who parted ways with the organization days after they were eliminated in six games by the Denver Nuggets in the first round. 

Kidd has coached the Brooklyn Nets and the Milwaukee Bucks.

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