Using words is easier for everyone involved. But using emojis is so much more fun.
An emoji battle broke out between Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Clippers players on Wednesday afternoon as the two teams battled to convince free-agent center DeAndre Jordan to sign with them.
Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reported last week that Jordan had agreed to a four-year, $80 million deal with the Mavericks. The race for the big man's services appeared to be over until ESPN's Marc Stein reported on Wednesday that the Clippers were making one last push to keep Jordan, as free agents aren't officially able to put pen to paper until July 9.
ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, via Stein, reported that the Clippers were going to meet with the free agent in Houston to try to sway him back to Los Angeles. That news set off an emoji battle between Mavericks and Clippers players.
Dallas forward Chandler Parsons got things started with a simple tweet:
✈️— Chandler Parsons (@ChandlerParsons) July 8, 2015
That led to this response from Los Angeles guard J.J. Redick:
🚙— JJ Redick (@JJRedick) July 8, 2015
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports was quick to point out that Redick is easily able to drive to the meeting:
JJ Redick lives in Austin, Texas and, as his twitter (@JJRedick) indicates, he's been mobilized to drive to Houston to join Rivers' group.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 8, 2015
Clippers star Blake Griffin couldn't resist getting in on the fun:
✈️🚁🚙— Blake Griffin (@blakegriffin32) July 8, 2015
🍌🚤— Chris Paul (@CP3) July 8, 2015
All the emojis had Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green wondering what was going on:
Sheesh I see travel emojis everywhere on my timeline... What's going on lol— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) July 8, 2015
Give him a break—he's 37 years old.
Clippers assistant coach Mike Woodson showed that this isn't just a "players only" thing:
🏊— Mike Woodson (@MikeWoodsonNBA) July 8, 2015
New Clipper Lance Stephenson apparently missed the memo:
We need u big bro @deandrejordan6 clippers nation— Lance Stephenson (@StephensonLance) July 8, 2015
Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers are just watching all of this unfold:
🐸☕️— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) July 8, 2015
The Atlanta Hawks approved of the Cavs' sly move:
And of course, the NBA champions had to weigh in:
🏆💍— Marreese Speights (@Mospeights16) July 8, 2015
🏆— Golden St. Warriors (@warriors) July 8, 2015
Eventually, Austin Rivers joined the party:
👀.......🙊— Austin Rivers (@AustinRivers25) July 8, 2015
Jordan Brand took the emoji battle up a notch:
🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆— Jordan (@Jumpman23) July 8, 2015
Yeah, what MJ said... https://t.co/8zWY0ouR3X— Scottie Pippen (@ScottiePippen) July 8, 2015
🐐— Jordan (@Jumpman23) July 8, 2015
Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant dropped in on this wild situation:
Emoji battle?— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) July 8, 2015
At this point, nobody wants to be left out.
⚾️>🏀— David Ortiz (@davidortiz) July 8, 2015
🚴🏾— Isaiah Thomas (@Isaiah_Thomas) July 8, 2015
🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆— James Worthy (@JamesWorthy42) July 8, 2015
DeAndre Jordan.....you are not allowed to take your talents to LA. See you Monday 🏈🏀🏈🏀🏈🏀🏁🏁🏁🏆🏆 pic.twitter.com/7N2YcfWvOT— Tony Romo (@tonyromo) July 8, 2015
Now we wait to see what comes next. Win or lose, there are plenty of emojis for both Mavericks and Clippers players to use once Jordan actually signs a deal.