Agreed, the Wolves face an uphill battle in the West, but I don't think that necessarily means they should pack it in. Nobody in the league can touch GS. It's a bummer that their rise coincided with other teams in the conference ascending as well, but I'm not sure a prolonged tank is the answer.
What happens if after that 4+ year period they still aren't favorites to make the conference finals? Continue tanking? If cap space or Butler's refusal to stay forces them to reassess that's one thing, but IMO they should be making every effort to mend the locker room situation and make things work before even talking about blowing the team up.
If the organization wants a shake up, relieving Thibs of both roles would be a nice start. Just saying...
I guess it depends what you mean by make things work?
If that means fighting for a 4 or 5 seed every year, knowing you're 1 or 2 and done, sure, they can keep the band together.
I'm in the championship or bust camp though, and that ain't happening with this group. With no lottery picks, where are you once Butler gets old?
Superstars aren't going to come play in Minnesota, not by choice.
And with Wiggins awful contract, they likely can't trade for anymore.
That leaves lottery picks as the only viable way for this market to get superstars. You don't get lottery picks by staying mediocre.
Keeping the band together hoping for mediocrity just delays the inevitable, IMO. I'd at least start now to try to time the end of the rebuild for when GS and LA are finishing their windows, rather than just starting it then.