You know what really would be weird? You know what would be weird and might actually work?
Turning Corey Maggette back into a small forward, and starting him.
One of the great things about basketball is that pace and playing style can warp just about every facet of the game. You'll see games where both teams score in the 70s and games where both teams score in the 130s; there have been games featuring 50 total rebounds and games featuring 130 total rebounds. Every statistical component of the sport is fluid and contingent on the style of play...
...except for one. That component is fouling. The rules governing fouls are rigid, and unresponsive to stylistic concerns. Players on running teams are not each awarded a seventh foul to play with; teams that foul quickly are not saved from early penalty situations just because they do everything else quickly, too. No matter who you are or how you play, you get six fouls, and then you're out. And if your team commits five defensive fouls in a quarter, or two in the final two minutes, your opponent's going to the line. Period.
Now to most teams, this distinction is irrelevant. But we are terrible, and we are desperate. And we have a pretty unusual weapon. Because Corey Maggette is good at getting fouled. Really good. If getting fouled were a drop of water, Corey Maggette would be all the oceans of the world.
Compare him to Monta, for instance. Monta has been slashing early and often, and is going to the free throw line more often than he ever has. In his 971 minutes, Monta has already taken 145 free throws. Maggette's already taken 156, in almost 400 fewer minutes. Monta takes 7.2 free throws for every 48 minutes he plays... Maggette takes 12.5. Only four NBA players go to the line more frequently than Maggette, and you've heard of them: Dwight Howard, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh and Carmelo Anthony. This doesn't even account for the instances when Maggette draws a foul but doesn't convince the officials that he was in the act of shooting, despite his looks of principled outrage. (God, he's annoying. God, I love him.)
His whistle magnetism is reflected in his on court/off court numbers: when he's not on the court, we draw 19 fouls per 48 minutes. When he is, we draw 25 fouls per 48 minutes. When he's not playing, we average 20 free throws per 48; when he is, we average 29.
So what's the point of all this? Corey Maggette pushes our opponents very quickly towards the penalty. As such, he is the rare NBA player whose inherent value can vary depending on when you play him. If he comes in late in a quarter, even if he personally gets fouled, he's not doing much to affect your overall chances of getting to the line. But if he starts a quarter, all those smacks and slaps he endures take on a larger meaning. Suddenly the other team's in the penalty with seven minutes left, and you get to go to the line whenever someone brushes Monta on the perimeter, or inadvertently smacks a guy when going for a rebound. All of a sudden, you're going to the free throw line constantly. There are few better ways to win than that.
So the diagnosis is simple: you start Corey Maggette in the first quarter. And the second quarter. And the third. And the fourth. You play him for the first six or seven minutes of every single frame, so you never cost yourself a chance at drawing five early fouls and living at the line. You play him at his natural position of small forward, because 1) non-stupid teams play their players in the right place anyway, and 2) he'll have an easier time surviving a pounding given by opposing threes. And when he gets tired, or in foul trouble himself, you sub in Anthony Morrow, who's not only a jarring stylistic change for the other team, but a guy who will hit free throws, if you can put him in occasional position to do so. Corey Maggette can do that.
This won't happen. But it would not only be more likely to bear fruit than what Nellie's doing, it would also be a good bit weirder. And if he's the creative genius he once was and is still reputed to be, you'd think he'd give something like this a try.