Interesting tweet out of 2K Sports' digital marketing manager, Ronnie Singh, this afternoon: "We have just secured the NBA 2K12 rights to '93 Denver Nuggets LaPhonso Ellis and added him to roster."
LaPhonso Ellis wasn't a household name that year, but he did average 15.1 points per game as a starting forward on a Nuggets' front line that included Dikembe Mutombo and Rodney Rogers. This will complete that roster.
What is more interesting is that it means 2K Sports was in discussions with retired players past the announcement of its "NBA's Greatest" lineup last week. I've asked a 2K Sports representative if they are still in discussions with anyone not yet announced for the game. There was no reply at the time of publication.
This is also intriguing in light of the matter involving Charles Barkley, in which 2K Sports quite clearly built a matchup to showcase him on his rookie team, the 1984-1985 Philadelphia 76ers, only to have the agreement fall through at the last minute. Reading between the lines, a statement released Tuesday by 2K Sports seemed to shut off hope that Barkley would be in the game, but maybe some other noticeable names will still come aboard.