02-19-2004, 06:30 PM
Anyone have an idea where Vin is going to sign...i know he is under suspension from the league, but how long is it?
02-20-2004, 02:19 AM
it looks like he is going to go to either philly or ny...more than likely ny
03-11-2004, 03:45 PM
NEW YORK -- Vin Baker won his arbitration case against the NBA on Thursday, freeing him to sign with the team of his choice for the remainder of the regular season.
In a case that was argued Monday, arbitrator Roger Kaplan invalidated an NBA memo barring the other 28 teams from signing Baker until his other grievance -- against the Boston Celtics -- is settled.
No date has been set yet for Baker's case against the Celtics, who terminated the remaining 2½ years of Baker's contract -- worth $35 million -- after he missed 10 games while on suspension for violating terms of his alcohol treatment program.
Arguments on the termination -- and the fate of the $35 million -- have been scheduled for April 12-13, and then April 25-26, if necessary.
Aaron Goodwin, Baker's agent, has said the New York Knicks, Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors have shown interest in signing his client.
"We're happy with the decision," Goodwin said.
The NBA had argued that if Baker were to win his case against Boston, he'd have to return to the Celtics because his contract would be reinstated. The Players Association argued that Baker should have a right to seek employment elsewhere while his case against the Celtics is pending.
The NBA said it would not appeal the ruling.
Kaplan ruled that the NBA's March 1 memo violated articles 11 and 14 of the collective bargaining agreement, which deal with free agency and collusion, union spokesman Dan Wasserman said.
"We obviously disagree with the arbitrator's decision, but have elected not to appeal and to allow Mr. Baker to sign a contract with another team," Rick Buchanan, NBA senior vice president and general counsel, said in a statement.
Baker, a member of the 2000 U.S. Olympic team, was averaging 11.0 points and 5.7 rebounds for Boston before being suspended.
The former All-Star's production has dropped significantly over the past several seasons, but there are at least three teams that believe he can help them reach the postseason in the tightly contested Eastern Conference playoff race.
"We will move forward with Vin signing with a team in the next couple of days," Goodwin told ESPN.com's Marc Stein.
03-12-2004, 10:09 AM
Baker reportedly to join Knicks tonight
Why would the most sensitive player in the league sign with NY? What's Aaron Goodwin thinking?
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