Q: IS IT ALWAYS GOING TO BE THIS BORING FROM NOW ON?
A: Don't rename it the "dudline" just yet. Yes, the CBA may limit many deals by scaring even the richest teams from pouncing on smaller markets who know they won't be able to afford to keep their stars and instead make them available. But don't rule out a flurry of moves next year by teams lining up to clear cap space for the summer of 2014, when players such as LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony and Dirk Nowitzki could become free agents.
Q: WHY DID SACRAMENTO GIVE UP THE NO. 5 PICK IN THE LAST DRAFT FOR SO LITTLE?
A: Either the Kings are convinced that Thomas Robinson, averaging only 4.8 points and 4.7 rebounds, is going to be a bust, or they see real value in the package of Patrick Patterson, Cole Aldrich and Toney Douglas that Houston sent them Wednesday. Either way, add it to the confusion that will continue to surround that franchise until it finds a permanent home.
Q: SO, ON A DAY WITHOUT BIG DEALS, WAS THERE A BIG WINNER?
A: Not really, though San Antonio and Oklahoma City are glad the Clippers couldn't land Kevin Garnett or someone else who might have put them over the top, and the Knicks surely didn't want the hard-charging Nets to bring Smith or a similar piece into New York.
Q: OK, WHERE DO WE LOOK NOW FOR THE NEXT POSSIBLE BIG MOVE?
A: Right where you've been looking for the last two years: Dwight Howard. Yes, the Lakers insist they will re-sign him in the summer, and they can offer millions more than anyone else. Yet teams such as Atlanta, Dallas and Houston will surely want to make a run at him in July if given the opportunity.