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Re: Knicks running fast off the court
At 06:24 PM 3/12/2004, Snoopy the Celtics Beagle wrote:
How fast did the Knicks move to get Vin in the fold?
He's already listed on their official website as one of the players, and
Vin's section on NBA.com now has the Knick's logo--whereas less than six
hours ago, you had to enter Vin's name manually to find his section with
the C's logo gracing it. His career transactions doesn't even mention the
C's terminating his contract, never mind the Knicks picking him up.
Well the Cs haven't actually terminated his contract until the arbtrator
says they have. Or that they haven't. What let the Knicks sign him is that
the Cs released him on waivers. Which IMO was the big hole in the league
argument against letting him play for someone else that the Cs may have to
take him back if the arbitrator rules against them on the big case. it's
just not true. They might still owe him money because the contract is ruled
still active, but that doesn't mean he's still their player - they waived him.
Isaiah Thomas has done everything but publicly order Lenny Wilkens to put
vin in the game tonight, making it clear that the Sixers could expect to
see Baker at the pregame shootaround tonight.
Mmmm. Seems that way, although hey, the Knicks still haven't given him a
uni number on their roster list : )
Amazing, how negotiating a contract seemed to take less than 24 hours from
the time the arbitrator's decision was released. It almost makes one think
about how easy it would be to arrange by simply ignoring the prohibition
from the NBA just vacated yesterday. Plane ticket and everything, uniform
Well no, in fairness, once the Cs waived him, the negotiations could have
legally started back then. No reason to wait for the arbitrator's decision
for anything but the actual signatures. Especially as there's no real
negotiation about it. His camp only wanted it to be through this season and
it was always going to be for the pro-rated veteran's minimum. Reportedly
only 2 teams interested and only one of them with any real playoff shot.