When the Portland Trail Blazers start interviewing candidates to take over for Terry Stotts as head coach, Los Angeles Lakers assistant Jason Kidd will not be among them.
"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's Adrian Wojnarowski. "Whoever they choose will have big shoes to fill from Terry [Stotts]."
Stotts, the second-winningest coach in Trail Blazers history, mutually agreed to part ways with the team on Friday after they were eliminated in the first round of the postseason for the fourth time in five years.
But on ESPN's NBA Countdown, Wojnarowski added that Kidd "doesn't want to put Damian Lillard in an awkward situation" (h/t Danny Marang of NBC Sports Northwest).
Kidd, who has worked with the Lakers under Frank Vogel for the past two seasons, was the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets (2013-14) and the Milwaukee Bucks (2014-18).
He led the Nets to the Eastern Conference semifinals and reached the playoffs twice with the Bucks. As a player, the Hall of Fame point guard earned six All-NBA nods through his 19 years in the league.
The team hasn't started the search yet, but there are already numerous candidates expected to get a call when it begins after the first round of the playoffs concludes on Sunday, per Wojnarowski.
Among them are former New York Knicks and Houston Rockets head coach Jeff Van Gundy, a pair of assistants in Chauncey Billups (Los Angeles Clippers) and Mike D'Antoni (Brooklyn Nets) and Michigan head coach Juwan Howard.