Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Eddie Griffin's career with team "likely over"

From Kent Youngblood/Star Tribune:
A source with knowledge of the situation said the team and Griffin's representatives are engaged in discussions that would allow the two sides to part amicably once the suspension ends after Friday's game against Detroit. An agreement could be reached as early as today.

Owner Glen Taylor, attending the Wolves game against Atlanta on Wednesday at Target Center, would not comment on Griffin's status.

When Griffin's suspension was announced in Memphis on Friday, Wolves General Manager Jim Stack suggested that, because of Griffin's troubles in the past, there was language in the three-year, $8.1 million contract Griffin signed before last year that addressed such a situation. Days later, Taylor confirmed that.

Even so, the team likely would prefer to work out a settlement with Griffin, who has been with the Wolves since the start of the 2004-05 season, that would please both sides and allow them to part ways without having to evoke that language.

If the two sides aren't able to negotiate an agreement, it is unclear how hard it would be to enforce termination language in Griffin's contract. Presumably, any attempt to invoke that language would be contested by the NBA Players' Association on Griffin's behalf.