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News » Montgomery trying to collect final pay from Warriors

Montgomery trying to collect final pay from Warriors

Montgomery trying to collect final pay from Warriors The Warriors owe Cal coach Mike Montgomery almost $900,000 in unpaid salary after losing an arbitration decision in August, the Mercury News has learned.

The settlement came to light after Montgomery's attorney Dan Siegel petitioned San Francisco Superior Court to confirm the arbitration ruling because he said the Warriors have reneged on the agreement.

Montgomery, who was fired in August 2006 and replaced by current coach Don Nelson, won a binding decision in a dispute involving the final guaranteed year of his four-year, $10 million deal with Golden State.

Siegel said Friday that the team took out withholding tax on the first of two installments, leaving Montgomery with much less than he was awarded. Siegel also said the NBA team failed to deliver on an agreement to ensure Montgomery would get his money if the Warriors were sold.

Montgomery is asking the court to force the Warriors to pay the total amount decided in arbitration.

"I thought we settled it," Warriors attorney James Wagstaffe said Friday.

Wagstaffe said the Warriors simply followed the law by taking out withholding tax on what they view as severance pay.

"There's no upside for my client to follow the law," he said. "If we paid them a lump sum it would cost us less money."

But Siegel countered, "The law makes it clear there is no withholding in a situation like that like. The Warriors are really a hard-ball operation. Mike simply wants what they agreed to do. He is very surprised by their behavior."

Contact Elliott Almond at 408-920-5865 and follow him on Twitter at .

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