Bucks double down on pursuit of 3rd title with Richardson acquisition
The Milwaukee Bucks have been one of the most dominant teams in the league this season. They survived the absence of Khris Middleton for the first quarter of the season on the back of Giannis Anteokounmpo's dominance and some impressive contributions from role players such as Jevon Carter and rookie MarJon Beauchamp, but when you're chasing championships, it never hurts to have more.
To be very clear, the Bucks don't need to make any changes to their current roster to contend for a title. With Middleton back, Joe Ingles working his way back into the rotation, Jrue Holiday continuing his stellar play, and Giannis and Brook Lopez both contending for DPOY they have plenty to make a deep playoff run. But adding Richardson would be a good insurance policy.
The Bucks have the oldest roster in the NBA with an average age of 29 years. While Richardson certainly doesn't help that number, he does offer a younger set of legs than the 35-year-old Ingles, 36-year-old George Hill, or 36-year-old Wesley Matthews.
The actual mechanics of a deal between San Antonio and Milwaukee would be difficult, making this by far the least likely of these three proposed landing spots to come to life, but it's possible.
If the Bucks quickly find out that the Joe Ingles experiment isn't going to be as successful as they'd hoped and feel confident in the potential of Jevon Carter, they could package Ingles, George Hill, and a 2029 first-round pick for Richardson. Not an earth-shattering deal by any means but one that would give them another, younger set of legs for the playoffs and some improved three-point shooting to boot.