The Detroit Pistons managed to find a new low last night, losing their 11th straight game without so much as a whimper.
You never would have known it was only the 14th game of the season by the way the team looked on the bench, as they stared into the abyss wondering if they are ever going to win another game.
The evisceration last night should lead to some tough questions, namely, how is this team ever going to turn it around?
The Pistons were again missing six players, and injuries have obviously taken their toll on the team both physically and mentally, as last night was the first game of the season where they showed no fight at all.
Will the Pistons’ losing streak lead to big trade?
Detroit always has a small but vocal group of fans calling for Troy Weaver to be fired and/or for the Pistons to make a roster-altering trade, but that chorus has swelled over the last week and now even some of the most level-headed, pragmatic fans are screaming for change.
If I had to bet, I’d say Troy Weaver will be given another summer to see this through (though now I am not nearly as sure of that), but there isn’t a clear fix, as 2024 free agency is thin with realistic options and the Pistons don’t have a ton to trade, as they still owe the Knicks a first-round pick, so can only include one in any deal.
A GM who is fearful of losing his job is a dangerous thing, and we’ve seen in the past that it can lead to panic trades that ultimately set the franchise back even more in exchange for short-term gains.
The Detroit Pistons have recently been mentioned in a trade proposal that has “panic” written all over it.