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

Knicks re-sign veteran Baker

=== Knicks re-sign veteran Baker ==

New York, NY (Sports Network) – The New York Knicks re-signed veteran forward
Vin Baker on Wednesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Baker, who has had a history of alcohol-related problems, played in 54 games
last season with Boston and New York. He played well for the Celtics,
averaging 11.3 points to go along with 5.7 rebounds in 37 contests, before
being suspended indefinitely for violating terms of his alcohol treatment
program.

After the veteran missed 10 games due to his violation, his contract was
terminated with 2 1/2 years remaining. Baker then filed a grievance, which was
eventually settled with Boston, and signed with the Knicks as a free agent on
March 11. He played in 17 games with the Knicks, netting 6.6 points with 4.1
rebounds per game.

“Vin gave us a solid presence off the bench at the end of last season and in
the playoffs,” Knicks president of basketball operations Isiah Thomas said.
“With a fresh start at training camp with the team, we know he’ll be an even
more productive force.”

Baker, who was originally selected eighth overall by Milwaukee back in 1993,
has had stints with the Bucks, Seattle, Boston and Knicks. In 756 career
games, Baker has averaged 15.6 points and hauled down 7.7 rebounds per game.

Baker signed a lucrative seven-year, $86 million free-agent contract with
Seattle in 1996 after averaging 21 points and 10.3 rebounds with the Bucks the
previous year.

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