The Detroit Pistons have lost 14 games in a row and there is no end in sight.
Last night's drubbing by the Wizards should sound the alarm bells that something needs to change, as getting Bojan Bogdanovic back is not nearly enough to bridge the gap that exists between the Pistons and even the mediocre teams.
So what do they do? I outlined yesterday how difficult it will be for the Pistons to make an impact trade, as they don't have many desirable assets and there aren't many obvious trade partners.
So I'm not going to suggest trades that will never happen, or pipe dreams about some team giving up a good player for the Detroit Pistons' trash. But here are three things they can do right now that could help jumpstart this team.
The Pistons should trade Killian Hayes
The Detroit Pistons may benefit from some addition by subtraction when it comes to this team. We said a million times that they have too many guards and centers and need to balance the roster. Of course, you can't tell Troy Weaver that because he's the smartest man in the room and knows stuff that no one else does.
The Pistons aren't going to get much for Hayes, likely a second-round pick, but who cares? They aren't going to bring him back, he's been reduced to a limited role, so his time in Detroit is effectively over.
The Spurs or Wizards would be perfect landing spots for Hayes, and to be honest, I wouldn't care if Detroit just gave him away.
Is this going to make the Pistons good? Of course not. But it would send a message to the roster that the days of carrying "high ceiling" players who stink are over. It would also promote Marcus Sasser, who has already shown far more promise than Hayes, to a defined spot in the rotation.
And I would never have to see Killian Hayes shoot the ball again, walk it up the court nonchalantly or hear his fans talk about his elite defense as Eric Gordon torches him. Addition by subtraction.