LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Golden State guard Latrell Sprewell, who was suspended by the NBA for 68 games for choking his coach, sued his agent Monday for failing to negotiate a salary protection clause in his contract with the Warriors.

Sprewell claimed in the Los Angeles Superior Court suit that, because agent Arn Tellem did not negotiate a personal conduct salary protection clause, he lost pay for the games he was suspended.

Sprewell's three-year, $24 million contract was terminated by the Warriors after he choked coach P.J. Carlesimo during practice Dec. 1.

The NBA added a one-year suspension, but an arbitrator reinstated Sprewell to the Warriors and cut the suspension to the 68 games remaining in the 1997-98 season.

Calls to Tellem's office were not immediately returned.