That is the existential question facing the franchise in the wake of Butler issuing a trade request to Tom Thibodeau, the team's coach and president of basketball operations, during a face-to-face meeting Tuesday in Los Angeles.
On Wednesday, Butler reportedly requested a trade from the Timberwolves and presented the Minnesota with a short list of preferred destinations where he would be open to signing an extension, per Jon Krawcynski of The Athletic. Andrew Wiggins' brother, Nick Wiggins, tweeted "Hallejulah" in response to Charania's tweet reporting Butler wanted to be moved.
If Butler is traded now, he could sign a five-year, maximum contract that could be worth $190 million with the team he lands with.
This is Butler's last season under contract in Minnesota. ESPN's Adiran Wojnarowski reported that Butler is "most determined to find a way" to the Clippers. Butler has also prioritized the New York Knicks over the Brooklyn Nets.
The Knicks may not be interested in trading for Butler, based on statements made by general manager Steve Mills on Monday.
It was thought when the Minnesota Timberwolves acquired Jimmy Butler in a draft-night trade in 2017 that he would expedite the Wolves rebuild, and instantly turn the team into a contender. L.A. could also offer 2018 lottery picks Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jerome Alexander. Karl-Anthony Towns called #fakenews on sleuthing that suggested he and Jimmy Butler were involved with the same woman. He's one of the best two-way players in the entire league, capable of hounding elite playmakers with dogged defense and pouring in baskets all in the same game.