It's been a relatively quiet day as far as NBA rumors and transactions go, but a year ago today, things were heating up in anticipation of a later-than-usual March 15th trade deadline. No deals were consummated on the 14th, but the Bucks and Warriors had finalized a five-player blockbuster the day before, and plenty of rumors were swirling in advance of a deadline day that saw nine more trades completed. We won't be seeing any trades happen on March 14th this year, but while we wait to see if the evening brings any more minor deals or major rumors, let's round up a few odds and ends….
- Luis Scola experienced an emotional, bittersweet return to Houston last night, eight months after being amnestied by the Rockets, as Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic details.
- Although trading Rudy Gay was viewed as a financially-motivated decision by the Grizzlies, ESPN.com's Tom Haberstroh (Insider link) examines the team's performance since the deal and concludes that moving Gay may have been "addition by subtraction."
- At ESPNLosAngeles.com, Arash Markazi and Mark Saxon debate what Kobe Bryant's career holds after his current contract expires in 2014.
- Ian Thomsen of SI.com talks to Sebastian Telfair about his evolution from a hyped-up lottery pick to a solid NBA role player.
- Former NBA veterans Melvin Ely and Andres Nocioni are among the players tracked down in Max Ogden's latest "Where Are They Now?" piece for Sheridan Hoops.