Despite publicly endorsing Jason Kidd, Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard won’t make any demands on who the team hires as its next coach, per Sam Amick of The Athletic.
Lillard is said to prefer someone with head-coaching experience and endorsed Kidd through multiple mainstream media outlets. Kidd, an assistant with the Lakers, removed himself from consideration in a conversation with Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
The Blazers mutually parted ways with Terry Stotts last week after nine seasons. They have made eight straight playoff appearances.
“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. “Whoever they choose will have big shoes to fill from Terry.”
Per Wojnarowski, other potential Blazers candidates include ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy, Clippers assistant Chauncey Billups, Michigan’s Juwan Howard and Nets assistant Mike D’Antoni. Lillard has also endorsed Billups.
Lillard, 30, averaged 28.8 points and 7.5 assists in 67 regular-season games this past season.