Parish Signs Extension, Ends Holdout


The Robert Parish holdout is over. The Celtics and Parish have agreed to a one-year extension of the All-Star center's contract, and Parish is expected to start practice when the Celtics return from their week- long road trip tomorrow. Parish will be in uniform when the Celtics host the Philadelphia 76ers in a preseason game at Boston Garden Sunday night.

Parish, who has played two years of a five-year contract which calls for $650,000 annually, started his holdout last Friday when the Celtics embarked on a four-game, eight-day trip to Phoenix and Los Angeles. He was upset with Kevin McHale's four-year $4 million pact and wanted an extension which would make his salary commensurate with McHale's.

Both sides held fast until yesterday when Parish and his agent, Wayne Traynham, met with Celtic GM Red Auerbach and assistant Jan Volk. Volk and Traynham hammered out the final agreement today. "This is a very reasonable agreement for both sides," Volk said. "It's a fair extension without any modification of his present contract." Parish was fined for each day he missed, and Volk said, "The fines stand."

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