It’s possible that the team at 2K has a plan for this but it would seem awfully hard to do this late in the game.
This happened once before on the cover of Madden. Brett Favre was shipped as a Packer but EA later put out a new printable cover with Favre as a Jet.
This also confirms the conspiracy that the NBA 2K cover is a curse for fans and their teams.
NBA 2K14 (2013): LeBron James leaves Miami the next year to return to Cleveland.
NBA 2K17 (2016): Paul George traded to Thunder in 2017.
NBA 2K18 (2017): Kyrie Irving traded to Celtics in 2017.
Our sincere apologies to everyone at 2K who now has to deal with this headache.