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Wednesday night’s exchange between Andrew Wiggins, Jimmy Butler and Stephen Jackson had NBA Twitter on its heels

The NBA drama machine is in midseason form

11:35 AMWe are still weeks away from opening night, and yet the NBA drama machine is already in midseason form.

After it was reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Wednesday that Jimmy Butler wanted out of the Minnesota Timberwolves organization by way of the Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks or Los Angeles Clippers, the wheels began to fall off the proverbial Minnesota cart, although it seems safe to say those tires have been greased for a minute.

The drama began outside the organization when Nick Wiggins, brother of Wolves guard Andrew Wiggins, tweeted “Hallelujah” when he found out Butler could be leaving Minnesota. He later deleted the tweet.

Butler, ever the comedian, mocked Nick Wiggins with a shot of his own, posting a video on his Instagram Story in which he says, “Hallelujah, keep that same energy.”

From that point, NBA Twitter reached for the popcorn, sat back and strapped in for what would undoubtedly be an entertaining exchange.

What took the exchange to the next level was a Power-sized plot twist in which Stephen Jackson — aka Captain Jack, aka Stack, aka Leader of the Malice at the Palace — decided to post a video to Instagram calling out Andrew Wiggins. In the video, Jackson let Andrew Wiggins know he doesn’t think he plays with heart and that his brother should have kept the Twitter fingers to himself.

Enter Andrew Wiggins.

Not to be outdone, Andrew Wiggins then posted to his Instagram Story, firing a shot at Stack. Which, upon reflection, may not have been the best business decision.

“Old dudes stay hating like he was anything special bum a– … I keep that same energy everywhere I go!” the post read.

Andrew Wiggins then deleted the post … ONLY TO REPOST THE SAME STORY, BUT THIS TIME HE @’s CAPTAIN JACK. Andrew Wiggins wanted to ensure the smoke was funneled toward the right target.

On some tag team, brotherly energy, Nick Wiggins also responded.

You’re wrong if you thought Jackson was going to let Andrew Wiggins have the last word. He posted another video to his Instagram with the caption “Have a good yr lil one. This ain’t the smoke u won’t. God bless. Somebody @ Lil one for me. Wish u the best.”

In the video he says:

“You got a lot of talent, kid. I hope you have a good year. I hope somewhere you can find some heart and find some passion for the game and have a good year. I really wish you the best.

“Bum? I never been that, you know that. I’m from the old school, I’m cut under the old law. … Make sure your energy straight when you see me, bruh. Aight? I’m pretty sure you know where I am. … I’ll catch ya in traffic, 100.”

We’re not even sure what “cut under the old law” means, but we get the message, Captain Jack.

If it wasn’t clear that Jackson took this round clean, he also claimed several more with this reply to Nick Wiggins in which he takes his entire life.

Let’s get ready to rumble on Oct. 17 — Minnesota’s first game of the season!

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11:35 AMWe are still weeks away from opening night, and yet the NBA drama machine is already in midseason form.

After it was reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Wednesday that Jimmy Butler wanted out of the Minnesota Timberwolves organization by way of the Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks or Los Angeles Clippers, the wheels began to fall off the proverbial Minnesota cart, although it seems safe to say those tires have been greased for a minute.

The drama began outside the organization when Nick Wiggins, brother of Wolves guard Andrew Wiggins, tweeted “Hallelujah” when he found out Butler could be leaving Minnesota. He later deleted the tweet.

Butler, ever the comedian, mocked Nick Wiggins with a shot of his own, posting a video on his Instagram Story in which he says, “Hallelujah, keep that same energy.”

From that point, NBA Twitter reached for the popcorn, sat back and strapped in for what would undoubtedly be an entertaining exchange.

What took the exchange to the next level was a Power-sized plot twist in which Stephen Jackson — aka Captain Jack, aka Stack, aka Leader of the Malice at the Palace — decided to post a video to Instagram calling out Andrew Wiggins. In the video, Jackson let Andrew Wiggins know he doesn’t think he plays with heart and that his brother should have kept the Twitter fingers to himself.

Enter Andrew Wiggins.

Not to be outdone, Andrew Wiggins then posted to his Instagram Story, firing a shot at Stack. Which, upon reflection, may not have been the best business decision.

“Old dudes stay hating like he was anything special bum a– … I keep that same energy everywhere I go!” the post read.

Andrew Wiggins then deleted the post … ONLY TO REPOST THE SAME STORY, BUT THIS TIME HE @’s CAPTAIN JACK. Andrew Wiggins wanted to ensure the smoke was funneled toward the right target.

On some tag team, brotherly energy, Nick Wiggins also responded.

You’re wrong if you thought Jackson was going to let Andrew Wiggins have the last word. He posted another video to his Instagram with the caption “Have a good yr lil one. This ain’t the smoke u won’t. God bless. Somebody @ Lil one for me. Wish u the best.”

In the video he says:

“You got a lot of talent, kid. I hope you have a good year. I hope somewhere you can find some heart and find some passion for the game and have a good year. I really wish you the best.

“Bum? I never been that, you know that. I’m from the old school, I’m cut under the old law. … Make sure your energy straight when you see me, bruh. Aight? I’m pretty sure you know where I am. … I’ll catch ya in traffic, 100.”

We’re not even sure what “cut under the old law” means, but we get the message, Captain Jack.

If it wasn’t clear that Jackson took this round clean, he also claimed several more with this reply to Nick Wiggins in which he takes his entire life.

Let’s get ready to rumble on Oct. 17 — Minnesota’s first game of the season!