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ND@20: What do YOU want the Nets to do?

Hear, hear! Voting time!

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A month from today, February 6, NetsDaily will celebrate 20 years covering the Nets. That may be young for a fan, but it’s old for a blog! As part of the celebration, we will be offering some unique content over the next several weeks starting with a fan poll on where the Nets stand.

As we start the new year, it’s safe to say 2023 wasn’t kind to the Nets, and the 2024 calendar year hasn’t been exactly cause for partying either. They lost a generational superstar in Kevin Durant and continue to pick up the pieces (and dropping them). They’re a 16-20 club that had lost five straight before last night’s big win over the Thunder. Now, with Sunday’s game vs. the hapless Portland Trail Blazers, there’s some hope, some allure about a winning streak.

In the meantime fans have to deal not just with the product on the floor. Fan morale is low, social media discussions ugly. The team just got fined $100,000 for violating the league’s player participation policy, essentially tanking a winnable game against the Milwaukee Bucks. While attendance is holding up — the Thunder game drew 18,147 including 400 standing room — YES Network’s ratings are down this season

In these times, you’d point to some sort of silver lining. The Nets right now? Well, they have array of high-valued picks and good rotation players... but what does any of it matter if they can’t stay afloat? Another rebuild? Oy.

Zach Lowe touched on Brooklyn’s future on Bill Simmons’ podcast.

“They [Sacramento] and Brooklyn are my two trade deadline wild cards,” he said. ”I can’t figure out what they’re gonna do. ... [The Nets] don’t have their picks, but they have picks from other teams. And they have veteran guys that other teams would want, that may be expendable, like your [Dorian] Finney-Smith and Royce [O’Neale]. They just have a lot of ingredients, and they’re sliding down the standings. ... Their situations feel ripe to me for something unexpected.”

The team is stuck in limbo. It’s weird and hasn’t been fun, the hangover still looms from the 7/11 era, and truthfully — is there much to be optimistic about in this moment?

We’ll let you tell us what you prefer.

Poll

Which of the following do you want to see most for this team to get where YOU want them to be?

This poll is closed

  • 32%
    Trade for a star
    (263 votes)
  • 42%
    Trade to rebuild
    (348 votes)
  • 11%
    Clean house
    (92 votes)
  • 13%
    Keep everything basically as it is
    (109 votes)
812 votes total Vote Now

You can vote and comment, vote without commenting, comment without voting. We want as wide a range of opinions as possible. If you comment, let us know how long you’ve been a fan (if you want.) With nearly 60,000 Twitter followers, ND is the biggest fan community not associated with the Nets. So let those who read us at the top — and they do — know what you think.

In the meantime, we will be counting down the days to our birthday (editors note: it’s Pooch’s birthday too and Kyrie Irving’s return to Brooklyn!)