When you've been in a bad situation for so long, it can be hard to believe when something goes your way.
For Karl-Anthony Towns, that's exactly what he was going through this month when he found out that the Timberwolves had acquired All-Star big man Rudy Gobert from the Jazz.
As he explained to ESPN's Malika Andrews, he thought that his team had traded for another Rudy before he eventually realized who it was that became his newest teammate.
"I was in London, I was working out and my phone was off. So when I walked back upstairs to the hotel room, my girl was like 'did you hear the news?' And I was like 'nah, what are you talking about?' And she said 'Rudy, you guys got Rudy.' I didn't know what she was talking about, I was completely confused. I was like 'oh, we signed Rudy Gay!' I didn't know what was going on. and then she was like 'no, no Rudy Gobert!' I was excited. I didn't know what was happening but I just saw the vision of us both twin towers out there. What he can do defensively, what I can offensively and we all putting that together for one organization. I think it's gonna be very different, the NBA hasn't seen something like this, this is unique. It's gonna be scary."
Of course, the Timberwolves haven't had much success as a team in recent years. Despite the presence of Towns, Russell, and Edwards, they lost in the first round last season and still looked to be steps away from competing for a title.
But now, with Gobert, and a summer of growth for Towns and Edwards, there is a sense that the best is yet to come. If they can come together and figure out how to play together, this Minnesota team could surprise a lot of people this upcoming season.