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Days ago, DeAndre Jordan agreed to leave the Los Angeles Clippers for the Dallas Mavericks. But with players unable to officially sign until Thursday, Jordan had time to change his mind. He apparently did, telling Clippers players and officials after a meeting at his house Wednesday evening that he would indeed return.

But that wasn't good enough for L.A. Sources told ESPN that the team stayed at his house after their meeting, refusing to leave until midnight Eastern when the signing could become official -- and, in effect, keeping him from speaking with Mavs owner Mark Cuban, his agents, or anyone else.

In the middle of it all, Blake Griffin appeared to confirm the entire scenario with this tweet from (apparently) inside the house:

Then, 30 minutes later:

Funny! However, you're not going to put this one past us, Blake Griffin.

A Google Images search of "tent in backyard" turns up this strikingly familiar image, pulled from a camping blog post.

A cursory search for "chair against door" couldn't find anything that looked like Griffin's first photo, which leads us to believe it might be real. (And if you are at the house, it would be a lot easier to stage than the tent image.)

Either way, it's just another element of perhaps the craziest offseason day in NBA history -- one that started with emojis, included Kobe Bryant inventing a hashtag, and came to this.

UPDATE: At least Doc Rivers and (if he took the photo) Paul Pierce appeared to stay with Jordan until he officially signed.

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In case you've been living under a rock that doesn't have Wi-Fi or a cell signal, the NBA Internet has spent Wednesday embroiled in an emoji fight.

It started when, after word spread of DeAndre Jordan possibly backing out of his agreed-upon deal with the Dallas Mavericks, Dallas' Chandler Parsons sent out a single-emoji tweet suggesting he was traveling to meet his would-be teammate. A torrent of emoji-based Los Angeles Clippers tweets followed, then the Internet got hold of it, and emojis started flying to all corners of the Web -- some players doing it correctly, others incorrectly, some teams nailing it, others missing the mark, Baron Davis posting a toilet, and much more.

Then, when it seemed like it all was over, Kobe Bryant chimed in to see what was happening:

After an assist from ESPN's own Jemele Hill ...

The Los Angeles Lakers star did his best to shut down the game:

And thus, #mambaout was born.

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With free agency period set to begin July 1, teams are taking a good look at their rosters and deciding which players should be kept and which should be dealt. The NBA 5-on-5 crew analyzed some of the most notable names on the market and debated who will be packing their bags this summer. What's your take? Vote below and join the conversation.


Trade or keep: Eric Bledsoe?

2012-13 stats: 8.5 PPG, 3.1 APG, 3.0 RPG

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What should the Clippers do with Eric Bledsoe?

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Trade or keep: Garnett and/or Pierce?

Garnett 2012-13 stats: 14.8 PPG, 7.8 RPG
Pierce 2012-13 stats: 18.6 PPG, 4.8 APG, 6.3 RPG

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What should the Cletics do with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce?

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Trade or keep: Luol Deng?

2012-13 stats: 16.5 PPG, 3.0 APG, 6.3 RPG

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What should the Bulls do with Luol Deng?

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Trade or keep: DeAndre Jordan?

2012-13 stats: 8.8 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 1.4 BLKPG

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What should the Clippers do with DeAndre Jordan?

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Trade or keep: Rajon Rondo?

2012-13 stats: 13.7 PPG, 11.1 APG, 5.6 RPG

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What should the Celtics do with Rajon Rondo?

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Doc Rivers headed to Clippers

The on-again, off-again talks between the Celtics and Clippers -- mostly related to Kevin Garnett, DeAndre Jordan, coach Doc Rivers and draft compensation -- have finally produced an outcome involving the last two. Rivers and his three-year, $21 million contract will cross the country in exchange for a first-round draft pick. Did the Celtics get enough in return for the seven-year coaching veteran with a championship and Coach of the Year award under his belt? Will Rivers finally get the Clippers to the NBA Finals?

  • Which team benefits the most from the Doc Rivers deal?

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  • What is the furthest Doc Rivers will take the Clippers?

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  • The Celtics are trying to trade Paul Pierce for a first-round pick. Is Pierce worth the price?

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  • Which team would benefit most from a straight-up DeAndre Jordan-Kevin Garnett trade?

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  • Which team will Kevin Garnett be playing for next season?

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  • Should the NBA allow coaches and players to be traded together?

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Doc Rivers to the Clippers?

Doc Rivers has been the most successful Celtics coach in a long time, but he soon might be taking his talents to Los Angeles. The Clippers and the Celtics are discussing a move in which Boston would allow Rivers out of his three-year contract to sign with Los Angeles. Boston would send Kevin Garnett to the Clippers and receive DeAndre Jordan and a future first-round pick, although the Celtics are insisting that Eric Bledsoe be included in the trade as well. Would acquiring Rivers be worth two of the Clippers' young stars?

  • Will Doc Rivers be coaching the Celtics next season?

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  • Would the Clippers ever win a championship under Doc Rivers?

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  • How should the Celtics handle the potential deal on the table involving Doc Rivers, Kevin Garnett and DeAndre Jordan?

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  • If the Doc Rivers/Kevin Garnett deal goes through, what chance do you give the Clippers of trading for Paul Pierce as well?

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  • Who would be a better choice to coach the Clippers if the Doc Rivers deal falls through?

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  • Who would you rather have at center?

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