When Josh Smith's future destination is the No. 1 story of the trade season, you know there isn't a lot happening.

Don't get me wrong. I love the Hawks forward's playing style. His all-around game paired with elite athleticism would fit nicely on nearly every team in the NBA.

But Smith, 27, has never reached an All-Star Game -- his top individual accomplishment being a second team all-defensive team nod in 2010.

But there he was splashed across ESPN.com for most of the day Thursday.

So it wasn't surprising when the trade deadline was a minor event for most teams -- including the Pistons.

Even Smith remains in Atlanta with the marquee transaction of the day being J.J. Redick moving to the Bucks from Orlando.

The reason for the lack of activity is simple. With the new CBA's more punitive luxury tax penalties looming, "financial flexibility" is the NBA's catch phrase.

Teams are reluctant to add significant salary, and many -- including the Pistons -- are jockeying to be in position to facilitate trades with teams looking to dump salary. The easiest way to do that is to be well under the cap.

There was a momentary buzz on Twitter when ESPN's Chris Broussard reported, citing unnamed sources, the Pistons were among six teams interested in shooting guard Redick.

But that rumor (smokescreen?) was shot down almost immediately by a team source who said the Pistons had "nothing at all" happening on the trade front.