Friday , Feb , 13 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Celts able to terminate Baker’s contract

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Boston Celtics forward Vin Baker missed
Thursday’s game against the Chicago Bulls, his 10th consecutive absence due to
suspension, opening the door for the club to terminate his contract.

Baker, suspended indefinitely on January 23 for failing to comply with his
aftercare program stemming from alcohol abuse, has $35 million and 2 1/2 years
remaining on his contract.

His contract with the Celtics stipulates that if he does not return within 10
games, the team has the right to end the deal. Only the doctor, mutually
selected by Baker and the Celtics, can decide when Baker can return to action.

Baker was suspended for three games earlier in the season for failing to go to
his treatments.

He left the team last season to address personal issues, which included the
alcohol-related problems.

Baker is averaging 11.3 points and 5.7 rebounds in 37 games this season. He
has started 33 of the contests and is shooting 49-percent from the field.