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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


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


Trade or keep: Luol Deng?

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


Trade or keep: DeAndre Jordan?

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


Trade or keep: Rajon Rondo?

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


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