The Los Angeles Lakers made a big play trading for Anthony Davis on Friday night. Though the price was steep, and it will cost them for years to come, they had no other choice. With LeBron James in town, the franchise had to do their best to build a roster capable of securing a Championship within the next three years.
Anthony Davis was a good way to start. Though, speculation around the league is indicating that Davis is not where it will end.
Sam Amick and David Aldridge of The Athletic affirmed that Irving remains in play for the Lakers as they look to find a third star to pair with James and Davis. In the same article by Aldridge, he explains that Irving has wanted to play with Davis for "months," which could give the Lakers a chance to land the All-Star point guard before the end of summer.
Obviously, a tandem trio of LeBron, Kyrie, and Davis would be favorited to win the Chip for the foreseeable future. Even as James descends into retirement, his All-Star teammates are young enough to carry the load.
But the Lakers will not be the only team to pursue Irving this summer, nor are they even favored to acquire him. While trading for Davis no doubt bolsters their chances, there are still a lot of obstacles to overcome in Lakerland -- obstacles that may inhibit their chances this summer and beyond.