Wednesday, April 21st, 2010 at 10:30 am  |  6 responses

The Inevitable Mike Dunleavy/Donald Sterling Clash

A couple of weeks ago, there were rumblings that trouble was lurking, and now the LA Times reports that the checks have stopped coming for Mike Dunleavy, who’s taking the issue to the courts since Donald Sterling won’t pay him the money he’s owed: “Mike Dunleavy, who resigned as coach and was subsequently fired as general manager of the Clippers this season, has filed for arbitration, saying the team has cut off his salary. Dunleavy’s guaranteed five-year, $22-million contract, often cited as the reason owner Donald T. Sterling kept him through three difficult seasons, runs through the end of next season. Dunleavy resigned as coach Feb. 4, with the team announcing he would stay as GM. As GM, Dunleavy lasted until March 8 before he was fired, at which point, without announcement, the Clippers cut off his pay. Dunleavy was owed $1.35 million for the balance of this season and $5.4 million for next season, a total of $6.75 million. Dunleavy declined to comment, noting the pending arbitration process.”

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  • JoeMaMa

    Two old white guys fighting for money. Can anyone say World War Three?

  • onlyclipsfanonslam

    So they will settle for $4mil probably. Hopefully he uses the $2mil on a Clipper snuggie night. I’m still mad I missed out on the Angels snuggie night a couple weeks ago!

  • http://slamonline.com JL

    why should he settle for anything that was written into contract? in fact he should get paid plus any interest owed considering this could get dragged out.

  • onlyclipsfanonslam

    @JL you are completely uninformed but I don’t blame you. It is written in his contract that if something like this would happen it would go to arbitration. Sterling knows this, thus refusing to pay Dunleavy automatically leads to arbitration, which in most cases leads to some sort of settlement of a middle ground compromise.

  • http://slamonline.com Dave

    What’s it take to have an owner stripped of his franchise? Seriously?

  • http://nbacheapseats.blogspot.com Chendaddy

    Happens all the time. Re: James Dolan and Larry Brown. Always goes to arbitration, always ends up being some kind of settlement. You don’t hear this too often with the competent owners in the league, though.