Lakers Among New Teams Joining NBA 2K League For 2019 Season

Four teams to join NBA 2K League for Season 2

Four teams to join NBA 2K League for Season 2

Los Angeles has missed the playoffs for five consecutive seasons, but they will look to end that streak with their new-look roster.

The team's name and logo will be unveiled in the coming weeks. In addition to the Lakers, the Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks and Brooklyn Nets will also have new teams.

The NBA 2K League announced the addition of a Minnesota Timberwolves affiliate team, which will compete beginning with the 2019 season.

"Welcoming these four world-class organizations and their passionate fanbases to the National Basketball Association 2K League is an exciting moment not only for the league, but for the entire 2K community", National Basketball Association 2K League Managing Director Brendan Donohue said.

NBA 2K19, the latest version of the popular basketball simulator, will release on September 11.

The NBA 2K League inaugural season has had mixed feedback both internally among league executives and participating team owners and staff, and externally among fans and industry peers.

It was announced that the Lakers will be one of four franchises to join the 2K League for this upcoming season. Other NBA owners, such as Washington Wizards owner Ted Leonsis and Milwaukee Bucks majority owner Wesley Edens, expressed their interest at that time in esports to Silver, the league and their peers. It takes place Saturday, Aug. 25 at 4 p.m. ET. The NBA 2K League is expected to host its expansion draft on September 28, league sources said.

Like the teams that joined for the inaugural season, the newest franchises will have an expansion fee of $750,000 for three years of participation. The Overwatch League, in its first season, required $20 million over multiple years in franchise payments - and for its second season, it has sold teams for more than $35 million, sources said.