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

Celtics request waivers on Baker

Boston, MA (Sports Network) – The Boston Celtics Friday requested waivers on
forward Vin Baker. By placing him on waivers, the club began the process of
terminating his contract.

“By league rule, the waiver process takes 48 business hours,” said senior
director of communications Bill Bonsiewicz. “Because of the weekend and
national holiday on Monday, the waiver period will not expire until 10 a.m.
(et) on Wednesday, February 18th. Until the waiver process runs its course,
the team will refrain from further comment on this matter.”

Baker missed Thursday’s game against the Chicago Bulls. It marked 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 deal.

His contract with the Celtics stipulated that if he did not return within 10
games, the team had the right to end the deal.

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 averaged 11.3 points and 5.7 rebounds in 37 games this year for Boston.