Today saw a major shakeup at the Los Angeles Clippers when the NBA team traded star Chris “CP3” Paul to the Houston Rockets. Great for Paul, potentially not so great for the Clippers, because fellow star player Blake Griffin is a free agent. With Paul moving to Texas, Griffin might find fewer reasons to stay with the Clippers, even if the team is reportedly gunning hard to keep him.
If Paul and Griffin both end up leaving the Clippers, that makes Center DeAndre Jordan the team’s remaining superstar (for now), which as it turns out is extremely awkward. Because it’s been just two years since Jordan burned a ton of Texas bridges when, during his own free agency, he reneged on a verbal agreement to join the Dallas Mavericks after — wait for it — Chris Paul and Blake Griffin personally visited him in Texas and begged him not to leave the Clippers.
Unsurprisingly, sports fans found the sudden drama and bitter irony of the situation absolutely hilarious, and swarmed on Twitter to dunk on it again and again.
Plenty of people noted that the Clippers must be absolutely desperate to keep Griffin in the fold — desperate like Lloyd Dobbler from “Say Anything”:
*checks Blake Griffin's driveway* pic.twitter.com/XxnX2Rgitn
— SB Nation (@SBNation) June 28, 2017
Others noted that Griffin must have been surprised by the news. Even emotional about it.
Blake Griffin when he found out Chris Paul leaving pic.twitter.com/pU4Qe7ZcAL
— Loading (@RealVampKing) June 28, 2017
When Blake Griffin heard Chris Paul went to the Rockets pic.twitter.com/mRpmvx5M2N
— digital dash (@ayy_seunie) June 28, 2017
Then again, maybe Blake knows just how desperate the team must want to keep him.
Blake Griffin on his way to the Clippers front office now that CP3 gone pic.twitter.com/Xga2IXrshJ
— Cult of Personality (@Phranchize19) June 28, 2017
In the middle of all this, former Clippers teammate Paul Pierce, who retired from the NBA this year, celebrated Paul’s trade with an emoji.
To the ???? Wow!! Emoji game in point ????????
— Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) June 28, 2017
Meanwhile, a lot of people assumed (probably rightly) that Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is grinning like a cat today.
Mark Cuban seeing DeAndre Jordan getting left in the dust pic.twitter.com/hl620jz4Et
— Jeff Eisenband (@JeffEisenband) June 28, 2017
But most of the chatter concerned poor Jordan, who now appears to exist as a living example of the word “irony.”
DeAndre Jordan after Chris Paul and Blake Griffin sign with other teams in free agency… pic.twitter.com/ZVVzFcssbI
— Ashley Douglas (@AshleyNBAHoops) June 28, 2017
When Blake Griffin and Chris Paul hold you hostage in 2015 free agency. Only to leave for better teams in 2017. pic.twitter.com/hgsY3GlsHc
— Joseph (@isojoe_) June 28, 2017
DEANDRE JORDAN MOOD RIGHT NOW pic.twitter.com/BlTv0xSesD
— TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY (@TeeeWilliams) June 28, 2017
Let's go to DeAndre Jordan for live trade analysis: pic.twitter.com/Dj2rCQHhY9
— Rodger Sherman (@rodger_sherman) June 28, 2017
Deandre Jordan: Yo Chris, next season we gon get it!
More State Farm commercials too fam!
Chris Paul: pic.twitter.com/uQKbQm74o4
— Owolabi Owotide (@Nigerianscamsss) June 28, 2017
DeAndre Jordan probably just checked twitter like pic.twitter.com/qqNO1ltaSw
— Jasmine (@JasmineLWatkins) June 28, 2017
2015: deandre jordan backs out of his deal with the mavs
2017: CP3 and blake griffin opt out and deandre jordan is now alone
mavs fans: pic.twitter.com/xQnyrLmHKQ
— DSJ=SAVIOR (@ih8hose) June 23, 2017
DeAndre Jordan: Checks Twitter ????
Sports update: Blake Griffin opts out, CP3 ➡️ Hou
DeAndre Jordan: pic.twitter.com/bJrXtvun4y
— LIDS (@lids) June 28, 2017