LeBron James and the Lakers are out of the NBA playoffs, clearing the path for some new superstars to emerge, as they did last week.
Los Angeles Lakers assistant and Hall of Famer Jason Kidd, 48, will not be pursuing the job in Portland.
Damian Lillard talked up Hall of Famer Jason Kidd for the Portland Trail Blazers vacancy.
The Los Angeles Lakers' season came to an end in the first round as the Denver Nuggets joined the Phoenix Suns in advancing.
Nikola Jokic led the Denver Nuggets out of the first round of the NBA playoffs and Damian Lillard says he can take them all the way.
Damian Lillard scored 55 points and provided 10 assists but still ended up on the losing side at Ball Arena on Tuesday.
The Phoenix Suns blew the Los Angeles Lakers out of the water in the first half but lost Chris Paul to another shoulder injury.
Kawhi Leonard helped the Clippers out of an early hole in the NBA playoffs, yet Montrezl Harrell is the forgetten man for the Lakers.
Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers pushed the Washington Wizards to the brink of elimination as the Milwaukee Bucks advanced.
Anthony Davis and LeBron James fuelled the Los Angeles Lakers, while the Milwaukee Bucks routed the Miami Heat again.