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Jason Kidd linked to Portland Trail Blazers head coaching vacancy

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The Portland Trail Blazers and Terry Stotts agreed to mutually part ways Friday evening after four first-round playoff exits in five seasons. 

Friday morning, with Stotts expected to be fired any day, Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports reported Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Jason Kidd "is expected to be a top target of the Portland Trail Blazers." Marc Stein from The New York Times seconded it.

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Before joining the Lakers, Kidd had served as the head coach for Brooklyn (2013-14) and Milwaukee (2014-2018). In those seasons, he attempted a power play to gain more managerial power in Brooklyn after just one season, lost by 56 points in a season-ending Game 6 in Milwaukee, got fired after 3.5 seasons as Bucks head coach and pled guilty to domestic violence in 2001. 

What happened to the Bucks after firing Kidd? Well, hiring Mike Budenholzer and signing Brook Lopez had Milwaukee improve to the NBA's best team based on net rating, defensive rating, and record. 

However, former league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo loved having Kidd as head coach and there's speculation Damian Lillard could welcome the 2011 NBA Champion, as they both grew up in Oakland, CA. 

Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard will reportedly have 'major input' in selecting new Blazers head coach.