The Inevitable Mike Dunleavy/Donald Sterling Clash

by April 21, 2010

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.”