Can't wait for your first glimpse of Kyrie Irving in action in a Celtics uniform?
You don't have to wait until the preseason opener Oct. 2 vs. Charlotte at TD Garden. 2K Games' NBA 2K18, released Friday, tweeted a trailer on Saturday that features Irving prominently in action sequences rocking his new Celtics duds.
Irving is shown being introduced in the Celtics' new green-on-black Statement uniforms and the trailer goes on to feature the new Celtics guard driving past some of the NBA's best. The point guard Irving was traded for, Isaiah Thomas, is also featured in his new Cavs No. 3 jersey.
The NBA 2K18 cover that came out Friday still has Irving in a Cavs jersey but will be re-released with Irving in Celtics white and green.
The Celtics have waived swingman Abdel Nader, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports. It opens up a roster spot perhaps for Jabari Bird or another player who impressed in Summer League play.
Nader, 24, a native of Egypt, was a second-round pick in 2016 (58th overall). The 6-6 guard/small forward averaged 3.0 points and 1.5 rebounds and shot 33.6 percent (35.4 from 3) in 48 games last season, his first in the NBA. He's still owed $450,000 but the rest of his contract was non-guaranteed.
Gordon Hayward told our Celtics Insider A. Sherrod Blakely earlier this week that "I'm just about full speed" (see video above) as he recovers from the devastating injury that derailed his season five minutes into his Celtics debut.
As if to prove it, Hayward posted an Instagram video that shows his surgically repaired ankle appearing to hold up pretty well as he hits a series of step-back and turnaround jumpers working with skills coach Drew Hanlen and finishes with him sinking 18 consecutive 3-pointers and counting.
It's on to five-on-five work next month.
Click here for more on Blakely's exclusive one-on-one interview with Hayward.