Damian Lillard’s biggest preference to become the next head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers is the Los Angeles Lakers assistant Jason Kidd.
“Jason Kidd is the man I want,” Lillard told Yahoo Sports on Friday night.
Lillard intends to make a significant contribution to the next hire, sources said.
The Trail Blazers and Terry Stots split on Friday, opening a vacant coaching position that has been in place for nine seasons. The move continued with the exit of the first round, issued by an exhausted Denver Nuggets team.
The 30-year-old superstar is determined to compete for the championship and is expected to be more vocal with her demands ahead, sources say.
Kidd, a Hall of Fame guard, was born in Auckland.
The two have a great relationship that dates back years. Lillard sincerely respects Kidd’s basketball acumen and knowledge of the game and believes he can help take the game and the team to the next level, sources said.
The Lakers front office admires Kidd, expressing how he has been a phenomenal presence in the organization from his innovative ideas to his communication skills and ability to unite troops, sources said.
Kidd previously served as head coach at Brooklyn and Milwaukee.
ESPN reported that longtime NBA coach Jeff Van Gundi, Brooklyn Nets assistant Mike D’Antoni, Michigan head coach Juvan Howard and Los Angeles Clippers assistant Chauncey Billups will be considered for the job.
Lillard has a good relationship with Bilups, but his preference is Kidd.
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