The Los Angeles Clippers and Blake Griffin showed their commitment to one another in the summer as they agreed on a huge five-year max contract worth $175 million.
The franchise declared that he was "Clipper royalty" and the player stated that he had unfinished business with the team and wanted to be a "Clipper for life".
Frustratingly for both parties, however, after Griffin made a strong start to the season, he suffered yet another injury and was ruled out for over a month.
It was a sense of deja vu and it immediately led to question marks over the team's decision to give him such a lucrative contract with his history of health problems.
According to some interesting recent reports, though, it appears the Clippers may also be having doubts about their decision and are looking to do something about it by shopping their star player.
Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders has reported that L.A. proposed a blockbuster trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves involving Griffin and Karl-Anthony Towns.
However, the conversation between the two teams didn't last long as the T-Wolves immediately declined the offer.
Trading one of the best young bigs in the league in Towns makes very little sense for Minnesota and it's no surprise that they were not prepared to entertain the thought.
They regard KAT as a franchise-calibre player and want him to be the face of the team for years to come.
He currently still has two years remaining on his rookie contract and is due to earn $6.2m this season. With Griffin making $29.5 million, it makes a one-for-one swap deal impossible due to the $23.3 million salary gap.
To make it work financially, at least two additional Timberwolves players would need to be included in any potential deal.
With the Minneapolis-based outfit enjoying a winning season and almost certain to end their long playoff drought, they have no interest in parting with any of their talented young assets.
Therefore, the Clippers will have to look elsewhere to try and offload their power forward as they flirt with the idea of a rebuild.
They could miss out on the postseason for the first time in seven years and there's uncertainty surrounding other members of their team such as DeAndre Jordan and Lou Williams who are both set to be free agents in the summer.
There could be activity around Los Angeles before next month's trade deadline as they have an eye on the future and a way they can reshape their roster to remain competitive and not be left behind in a stacked Western Conference.News Now - Sport News