Monday, November 13, 2006

Wolves Release Vin Baker

From The Pioneer Press:
The Timberwolves on Monday announced that they have released forward Vin Baker, the veteran who was trying to revive his career after battling alcohol abuse.

Baker was signed to a one-year, non-guaranteed contract with the Wolves on Oct. 2 before training camp started. Baker did not play in any of the first six games of this season. He was a low-risk addition because of his minimal contract.

Coach Dwane Casey said Baker did everything that was asked of him and did not have any alcohol-related setbacks while with the team. Casey said Baker was released because forward Mark Madsen appears healthy enough to be available for action for the first time this season starting with tomorrow night's game against Portland.

The Boston Celtics released Baker in Feb. 2004 after he violated conditions of his aftercare treatment. Since then, Baker has bounced around with several different NBA teams.