The Atlanta Hawks and Charlotte Hornets made a massive trade deal over Twitter on Tuesday afternoon.
And then they made an actual trade with NBA players.
The Hawks, who made the playoffs in the 2016-17 season, responded to fans in a tweet, suggesting that they’ve received a number of trade suggestions from fans.
The Hornets felt the same.
According to our mentions, we should trade for everybody.— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) June 20, 2017
bruh. same.— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) June 20, 2017
So, the teams started talking trades … of social media posts.
We'll trade you today's tweet for tomorrow's tweet and an unprotected future tweet.— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) June 20, 2017
The Los Angeles Clippers jumped in on the action, using ESPN’s NBA Trade machine to make suggestions.
the trade machine says this works so u should definitely do it pic.twitter.com/GHCxCk0qAP— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) June 20, 2017
The Clippers are correct...ESPN trade machine says okay: pic.twitter.com/r1eLa5dptV— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) June 20, 2017
The stakes only went up from there.
Throw in a snap with the puppy filter and we’ll talk.— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) June 20, 2017
Add a future second round Instagram post and we have a deal— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) June 20, 2017
You drive a hard bargain, Hornets. You're lucky the trade machine still accepts. Deal! pic.twitter.com/7Jl7unR0oI— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) June 20, 2017
And then, suddenly, the deal was done.
DONE Great doing business with you fellas. Looking forward to seeing how this pans out over time.— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) June 20, 2017
Can't wait to see how the writers grade this trade tomorrow— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) June 20, 2017
Less than six hours later, Hawks center Dwight Howard tweeted for his fans to give their thoughts on trades, according to USA Today.
Ok Twitter Fans ,, give me your thoughts , trades or otherwise & Remember 2B-Nice pic.twitter.com/Nl6lQFVvBN— Dwight Howard (@DwightHoward) June 21, 2017
Five minutes later, NBA reporters went wild with official news that Howard had been traded from the Hawks to the Hornets for Miles Plumlee, Marco Belenelli and the 41st pick.
A Dwight Howard story, in 10 minutes pic.twitter.com/Z9PtLP7vWg— Andrew Joseph (@AndyJ0seph) June 21, 2017
"It is extremely important for our organization that we maintain our flexibility, and this trade helps us achieve that critical goal," Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk said in a statement, according to ESPN. "We appreciate the contributions that Dwight made on the court and in the greater Atlanta community this past season."
Hornets GM Rich Cho said his team is excited to add Howard.
"He has been a very talented player, an elite rebounder and rim protector as well as a physical presence since the moment he entered the league," Cho said in a statement, ESPN reported.