An arbitrator on Friday awarded a little more than $13 million to former Clippers' general manager and coach Mike Dunleavy, who the team stopped paying when he was fired as general manager in March of last year.
The ruling was issued about 14 months after Dunleavy filed for binding arbitration.
The amount was for everything Dunleavy was owed under his contract, including past compensation with interest and future accelerated compensation, according to people familiar with the ruling but not authorized to talk about it publicly. The opinion also factored in deferred compensation from Dunleavy's tenure with the Clippers.
"We do not agree with the arbitrator's decision," said Clippers general counsel Robert H. Platt, a partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. "We intend to review the decision carefully and explore the team's various options."
Dunleavy's attorney, Miles Clements, declined to discuss specifics of the decision but said, "It's a good day."
Dunleavy was not available for comment.
He had been owed $6.75 million on the contract, consisting of $1.35 million for the remainder of the 2009-10 season and $5.4 million for the season just completed. The bulk of the remaining money owed consists of deferred compensation.