Wednesday , Feb , 18 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Vin Baker clears waivers

Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Forward Vin Baker cleared waivers on Wednesday
and the Boston Celtics proceeded to terminate his contract. Baker is now a
free agent.

Last Friday, the Celtics requested waivers on the troubled star after he
missed Thursday’s game against the Chicago Bulls. It marked his 10th
consecutive absence due to suspension, opening the door for the club to
end his contract.

Baker, suspended indefinitely on January 23 for failing to comply with his
aftercare program stemming from alcohol abuse, had $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.