Mike Dunleavy Sr. awarded $13 million in arbitration hearing

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Well, it looks like at least one of notoriously cheap Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s cost-cutting measures has failed. Courtesy of the Los Angeles Times’ Lisa Dillman, here’s the story:

An arbitrator has awarded former Clippers general manager and coach Mike Dunleavy slightly more than $13 million in compensation.

The Clippers had quit paying Dunleavy immediately after firing him last year, on March 8, and he was forced to take the organization to binding arbitration. He had been owed $6.75 million on the contract, $1.35 million for the remainder of the 2009-10 season and $5.4 million for the season just completed.

His case was finally heard almost two months ago before the Arbitration and Mediation Services in Santa Monica. Additional briefs were filed by both sides afterward.

Sounds like a pretty straightforward case: Sterling signed Dunleavy to a contract, and the court forced him to honor that contract. In seven seasons as the head coach of the Clippers, Dunleavy had one winning season, when the Clippers made the second round of the 2006 playoffs.