NBA 2K15
NBA 2K15 was released on 7 October, 2014. (Representational Image)Twitter

Filmmaker Spike Lee is part of the development team of the upcoming simulated basketball video game from 2K, "NBA 2K16", according to reports.

Spike Lee is a well known New York Knicks fan; he has been roped in to develop the career mode in NBA 2K16, according to a source close to the game, said Polygon, while claiming to be in possession of some leaked marketing materials.

The report added that NBA 2K16 has three different basketball players – Stephen Curry of Golden State, James Harden of Houston and Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City – on its cover. This means there will be three different covers. The game cover said, "Be the story." It also talked of "starring [in] the new Spike Lee Joint!"

Lee is credited on the cover for the game, as was Jay-Z, who was the celebrity executive producer for NBA 2K13.

The report stated that the authenticity of the images that were leaked have been confirmed by a source who has knowledge of the game. 

This is not the first time that Lee has been associated with the game. In March, there was a report in New York Post that said that Lee was "in San Francisco working on an NBA video-game project." It had also mentioned that he attended a Knicks shootaround at the University of San Francisco. 2K Games and Visual Concepts are located in Novato, suburb north of the City by the Bay.

Apart from this, Lee has been reported as being involved with the game, according to a sideline reporter in a Knicks broadcast.

Previously, 2K had asked fans to make suggestions for the MyCareer mode. There have also been reports of stars getting body scans for the game. However, there is no official confirmation on its release date. But the game has reportedly been in development.

"NBA 2K16" is likely to be released for PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.