The Milwaukee Bucks should pursue LaMarcus Aldridge

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Veteran with playoff experience

LaMarcus Aldridge knows what it’s like to go deep in the playoffs. Although he’s never played in the NBA Finals, he’s been to the Conference Finals and he’s shown the ability to come up big in meaningful playoff games. The Milwaukee Bucks have one goal this season: win the NBA championship. Adding another playoff-savvy veteran can only help their chances of accomplishing that goal.

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Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday are All-Star caliber players. LaMarcus Aldridge is 35 years old; his best days as a player are behind him. However, his value as a reliable fourth scoring option on a contender would be immense. His versatility would allow Coach Budenholzer to switch Antetokounmpo, Lopez and Bobby Portis in and out of the game at will. Opposing front lines will have trouble competing with Milwaukee’s stable of four reliable bigs if they were to add Aldridge to the lineup.

If the Milwaukee Bucks fail to bring home the team’s first championship since 1971, the entire city will be disappointed. The days of being excited about a great regular season and a first-round series win are over. Expectations are now championship or bust.

The Eastern Conference boasts several talented teams; adding a battle-tested veteran could be exactly what Milwaukee needs to advance to the Finals. LaMarcus Aldridge is sure to be highly sought after and his services won’t be available for long. If the Bucks are smart, they’ll throw their name in the hat and make every effort to bring the versatile big-man into the fold.

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