Let's be clear - we're all losers on this NBA Trade Deadline Thursday.
The day was not expected to bring much in terms of excitement, but this was a snoozer. Things heated up right around the 3 p.m. ET deadline, but when J.J. Redick is the biggest name moved, we've all sat around for nothing.
Small moves were the order of the day as the biggest fish dangled in the water, Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith, will remain in Georgia through the end of the season.
Smith will be a free agent and reportedly seek a max contract. He went to great lengths in an interview with NBA TV to say he never actually said that specifically, but the fact that he will test the free-agent waters scared off teams, especially the Milwaukee Bucks.
Other big names rumored to be out there were nothing more than rumors.
Mitch Kupchak fell all over himself to declare that Dwight Howard wouldn't be traded from the Los Angeles Lakers. Despite the experiment not working a little bit, Kupchak stated Howard is the future of the Lakers, even though Howard could walk at the end of the season.
The Boston Celtics held on to Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo. Danny Ainge would've had to be blown over the move them, although maybe blowing up the organization might have made more sense long-term.
Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap are both still members of the Utah Jazz. Same goes for Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis and the Milwaukee Bucks.
But there were a flurry of moves, so let's examine who made out and who didn't.
This may be cheating, but their acquisition of Rudy Gay at the end of January was the largest move this season. Toronto is 6-3 with Gay in the lineup and he's scoring exactly the way the team envisioned when they traded for him.
They got the ball rolling Wednesday night when they picked up Thomas Robinson, who was the fifth pick in last summer's NBA Draft, Francisco Garcia and Tyler Honeycutt from the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Patrick Patterson, Toney Douglas and Cole Aldrich.
Douglas and Aldrich barely cracked Kevin McHale's lineup. Patterson is a nice player who may have already hit his ceiling.
The Kings basically did this to save a little more than $1 million in salary. How can you justify giving up the fifth pick in the NBA Draft four months into his career for that return? It's ludicrous.
This move got the Rockets the fifth pick with tremendous upside. Robinson struggled with the Kings, but a high school love triangle is less of a soap opera than the Kings organization. Robinson could thrive under one of the best power forwards ever -- McHale -- and in an up-tempo offense.
Plus, Houston still ends up fine with its cap situation. They can afford at least one max player (Howard, Andrew Bynum, Smith) in the offseason.
Just a fantastic trade by general manager Daryl Morey.
Yes, Danny Ferry kept Smith when it seems fairly likely he'll bolt in the offseason. That doesn't mean Ferry will let Smith walk for nothing.
The deal the Bucks were offering (Luc Mbah a Moute/Ekpe Udoh/Beno Udrih) is simply not good enough for Smith.
In this age of NBA free agency, the team you were under contract with can offer you more money. That's why the Hawks could easily work out a sign-and- trade with whomever Smith likes this summer. Smith gets a five-year max deal and whatever that team can part with is most likely better than the Bucks trio.