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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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Is Blake Griffin a flopper?

Earlier this week while on "The Wheelhouse" on 95.7 The Game radio in San Francisco, Warriors guard Klay Thompson called out Clippers forward Blake Griffin: "He's kind of like a bull in a china shop, kind of out of control sometimes. And then you do just see him flop sometimes like, how can a guy that big and strong flop that much?" Is Blake Griffin a flopper? Do you have a problem with Thompson's comments?

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  • "He's kind of like a bull in a china shop, kind of out of control sometimes. And then you do just see him flop sometimes, like how can a guy that big and strong flop that much?" Do you have a problem with Klay Thompson's comments on Blake Griffin?

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Who is the hardest player to defend in the NBA? Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers says -- surprise, surprise -- it's Kevin Durant, calling the Oklahoma City Thunder star a taller, better version of George Gervin. Do you agree with Rivers? Where does LeBron James fall on the list? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

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What to make of NBA MVP race?

Expected to be epic, the Kevin Durant-vs.-LeBron James NBA MVP race has cooled a little bit, allowing players such as Blake Griffin to creep into the discussion. Or have they? The leading scorer for the scorching Los Angeles Clippers says it's still a two-man race, with Durant or James almost destined to take home the trophy. Is he right? If so, who wins it? Would Griffin get your third-place vote, or someone else?

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  • Assuming Kevin Durant and LeBron James are the top two candidates for NBA MVP this season, who would get your third-place vote?

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Clippers win eighth straight

The Clippers are the hottest team in basketball right now, winning eight straight games against the likes of the Thunder and Rockets. They've been so good, in fact, that J.A. Adande thinks it's time to include Blake Griffin in the MVP race, formerly a two-person competition between Kevin Durant and LeBron James. Griffin definitely looked like an MVP last night against the Suns, scoring 37 points and only missing two of his 16 shots. With a healthy Chris Paul dishing assists to Griffin, the Clippers could be a force in the playoffs.

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