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Here’s a first look at Kyrie Irving on the ‘NBA 2K18’ cover in a Celtics jersey

Kyrie looks good in green.

When NBA 2K18 named Kyrie Irving its cover athlete, he was a Cleveland Cavalier. That’s no longer the case.

Irving was officially traded to the Boston Celtics on Wednesday for a package including Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, the Brooklyn Nets’ 2018 first-round pick, and the Miami Heat’s 2020 second-round pick. By Thursday afternoon, 2K Sports had already made the appropriate change:

Irving is the latest player to fall to the 2K cover “curse.” As our colleague Mark Hinog details, many active NBA 2K cover athletes since 2013 left their teams soon after appearing.

NBA 2K14 (2013): LeBron James leaves the Heat and goes back to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014.

NBA 2K15 (2014): Kevin Durant leaves the Thunder and goes to the Warriors in 2016.

NBA 2K17 (2016): Paul George leaves the Pacers and goes to the Thunder in 2017.

NBA 2K18 (2017): Kyrie Irving is reportedly being traded to the Celtics before the game even releases.

However you may feel about the Cavs-Celtics trade, there’s at least one person who seems to approve: