2 reasons why Nets should be buyers at trade deadline, 2 why they should sell

The Nets are stuck in the middle of nowhere...what should they do?

Jan 7, 2024; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Mikal Bridges (1) talks to forward
Jan 7, 2024; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Mikal Bridges (1) talks to forward / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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Reason to be sellers No. 1) The harshness of the Eastern Conference

This season, the Eastern Conference has been ultra competitive.

Just to have an idea of how tough it is, there are only four games of separation between the number two-seeded Milwaukee Bucks and the number eight-seeded Orlando Magic.

The Nets currently sit 10th in the conference, but they have Atlanta and Toronto trailing right behind them, both of which are objectively playing better basketball as of late.

If the Nets don't believe they can compete for a shot to make the playoffs and want to instead wave the white flag, there will be plenty of playoff teams interested in players currently on Brooklyn's roster.

Names like Dorian Finney-Smith and Royce O'Neale are constantly being thrown around for their 3-and-D capabilities, and the Nets could probably acquire a first-round pick in exchange for either of these players.

It's hard for a team to admit that they don't have a chance and I understand that, but it would be better for Brooklyn to come away with extra assets for future players and contributors rather than being the 10th seed in the east and losing to the nine seed in the first play-in game.

I wouldn't blame management for deciding to do this, especially considering this team just lost to the lowly Portland Trail Blazers and have only won three of their last ten games.