NBA sources confirm the Portland Trail Blazers are one of as many as eight teams involved in negotiations for disgruntled Minnesota forward Jimmy Butler.
Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor has no interest in bringing Butler into the team's training camp and threatening a bigger circus than already exists within the franchise, and has demanded that Wolves GM Scott Layden not only take calls on potential deals, but reach out to initiate conversations, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
In the Blazers calls with Minnesota, it was made clear that neither Damian Lillard nor CJ McCollum would be part of the discussions.
Also to note, Jusuf Nurkic, whom the Blazers re-signed during the offseason, would not be in any trade scenario. Nurkic is ineligible to be traded until Jan. 15th.
No teams have progressed very far with Minnesota in a deal for Butler, league sources tell NBC Sports Northwest.
The Blazers have had a long interest in Butler, which has been widely known and reported on, and a deal for the All-Star forward would mean they are taking a chance that he could become a one year rental.
During a meeting with Tom Thibodeau last week, Butler reportedly highlighted the LA Clippers, the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets when demanding a trade, all teams that will have cap space to secure Butler on a long term max contract when he becomes a free agent next season.
NBA training camps open Monday with media day.