There will be 16 new classic teams added to NBA 2K18, and two of them will be the 1996-97 Miami Heat and the 1998-99 New York Knicks. I wrote up a prediction for the 16 teams.

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Early on Tuesday, 2K revealed Shaquille O'Neal and six other Hall-of-Fame caliber players as members of the Los Angeles Lakers all-time team in the upcoming NBA 2K18. The two men that helped lead the Miami Heat to the franchise's first NBA championship in 2006 are the first two players revealed for the organization's all-time team in NBA 2K18.

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NBA 2K respects the history of the sport it simulates more than any other game in the genre. That homage to classic players and teams will continue with NBA 2K18.

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The new Los Angeles Lakers core is a tight one.

Lonzo Ball didn't seem to have much of an issue with his 80 overall rating, but he didn't care for his new teammate Brandon Ingram's 76.

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Derrick Rose is being severely disrespected by the folks in charge of ratings for NBA 2K18. Rose is rated a 78 overall in the new game.

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The new Indiana Pacers uniforms are outstanding. NBA 2K18 will feature those new jerseys and on Friday, 2K released a screenshot showing the new threads and the best player Indy received in the deal for George.

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Many of NBA 2K's fans can't wait to get their hands on NBA 2K18 on September 15 so they can play with the Los Angeles Lakers' Lonzo Ball. Unfortunately, unless you play NBA 2K17 on PC, you probably won't have access to R4zoR's creations or any of the other content from 2K's modding community.

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Kyrie Irving is an All-Star point guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers and he's the cover athlete for NBA 2K18, but there's a chance only half of that statement will be true in the next few weeks.

Per Brian Windhorst of, Irving asked the Cavs to trade him to one of four teams: San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves or the New York Knicks.

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The NBA 2K18 player ratings continue to come in from Malibu, California. KAT will be rated a 91 overall, which is the same as NBA 2K17 cover athlete Paul George.

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NBA 2K18 releases on September 15 for pre-order customers. Soon, we'll find out how many of those features and enhancements made it into NBA 2K18.

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James Harden made it official Saturday: Via a new extension, he now owns the richest contract in NBA history, a six-year deal worth a record $228.7 million. Although he now makes more money than anyone else, including Kevin Durant, LeBron James and Curry, the Rockets think they got a bargain.

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Shortly after two-time MVP Stephen Curry set a new record with a five-year, $201 million contract, someone else has passed him by.

Adding in his current contract that pays Harden just a hair under $59 million over the next two seasons, his average annual salary through the 2022-23 season is $38 million.

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On Thursday, Toronto Raptors All-Star shooting guard DeMar DeRozan became the first-ever NBA 2K Canadian cover athlete.

DeRozan isn't Canadian, but he is one of the most influential athletes on the Canadian sports scene because of the Raptors' popularity.

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Here Is Where Gordon Hayward Should Go [0.15]

Posted on July 4, 2017, 10:49 p.m. by Forbes Real Time @ [source]

Utah has to be the presumed favorite in the Gordon Hayward sweepstakes for a few reasons, one of which is simply being that the Jazz can pay Hayward more money than any other franchise. Since Hayward was left off the All-NBA team, he is not eligible for supermax money (like Steph Curry received), but Utah will still be able to offer Hayward a five year deal at about $175 million.

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Shortly after midnight on the East Coast a NBA superstar finally got paid like one. Former MVP and two-time NBA champion, Steph Curry, agreed in principle to a five-year deal worth $201 million to stay with the Golden State Warriors.

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Well, we didn't see that one coming.

Of all the teams we expected to shake up the first night of the 2017 NBA free agency frenzy, the Oklahoma City Thunder were not on the short list.

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The NBA offseason has been off the rails and free agency doesn't even get underway until midnight on July 1. The latest blockbuster deal saw the Indiana Pacers send Paul George, the cover athlete for NBA 2K17, to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis.

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With Steph Curry set to re-sign in Golden State for $207 million, and Chris Paul getting traded to Houston and putting off his free agency, the top NBA free agents of 2017 will be off the board when players can start fielding offers late tonight, just after midnight.

Curry and Paul are among the league’s top players overall.

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The Boston Celtics wrapped up this past regular season as the No.

Heck, Boston acquired the first pick in the 2017 NBA Draft in a previous trade with the Brooklyn Nets.

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Stop the presses, we have another superteam in the making.

It's a great narrative, it gets clicks and every team's front office seems to be angling to one-up each other for the next superteam headline.

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