The Los Angeles Clippers came out from the early stages of free agency as one of the period's biggest losers after seeing DeAndre Jordan decide to move to the Dallas Mavericks.
But the Clippers aren't willing to give up on the center just yet, by hatching a last-gasp desperation push to try and get Jordan back by sending a team out to try and get him to renege on his agreement with the Mavs and come back to Los Angeles.
This all somehow turned into a Twitter emoji war between the Clippers and Mavericks, with Chandler Parsons, J.J. Redick and Chris Paul all taking part to raise the stakes.
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This is how Parsons started it off, following reports that the Clippers were on their way, it was up to the small forward to get back on his travels after wooing Jordan for a week straight when they were in Texas together.
Redick, who seems to be the Clippers chief negotiator which makes sense when you consider Doc Rivers is the GM, replied with a tweet of a car while CP3 then brilliantly added a banana boat after being snapped on one with LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony while on holiday.
Paul Pierce's Blunder
Then Paul Pierce tried to get involved and things went wrong. The Truth has just signed with the Clippers and he really needs to up his emoji game. Pierce didn't send a tweet of an emoji, rather a picture of an emoji.
This is the NBA's biggest faux-pas since J.R Smith asked that girl if she wanted the pipe.
Pierce obviously has no idea that there is a function on his phone that allows you to access a keyboard with emojis on it, so when he saw everybody was having fun with emojis, he googled "rocket emoji," downloaded the picture of the rocket emoji, and used that.
Actually, it wouldn't surprise me if Pierce is still using a Blackberry and tried to find the emoji on MySpace first. Thankfully, current NBA player Rudy Gobert called him out on it, with devastating effect.
And if you want further proof that Paul Pierce is an old man who doesn't know how to work tech, you just have to check out his Throwback Thursdays, which he has to search on Yahoo and take a screenshot.
This is like when your parents ask how to print something off their PC, it's sad and reminds you that they're products of a bygone era, a terrible, deprived era.