This is how I think it'll go... You tell Bron/PG we can pay you the max or you take a bit of a cut so that you can keep Jules on the roster and play with him. If they choose to go the paycut/Jules route, LA will undoubtedly match any offer sheet for Jules. But the closer it is to 20M+, the more likely Jules becomes trade fodder, imho. If true max players agree to taking less to play with Jules, the expectation is that Jules needs to take a cut as well to play with legit stars and compete for a title. You start at $12M (his cap hold) and work up from there. I would feel good about him re-upping at $12-15M but $18-20M is where that contract becomes less team friendly and more of a contract available on the trade block. Consider the market projections and how McDermott (Mavs RFA) is viewed as a MLE type (6-9M), I doubt the Mavs go for broke on Randle. It's never been the way Cuban has done business (see Noel). Not to mention the amount of RFAs on the market with Capela, Gordon, Jabari, LaVine, Smart and Hood (just to name a few)...teams will not look to commit a huge amount of their cap on RFAs and wait for the home team to match, while bargain free agents get swooped up by other teams. I highly doubt Jules gets anywhere near $18M per. I think it will be in the 14-15M range and considering how Mintz/Jules were reportedly open to taking a $12M extension at the beginning of the season, the 2-3M more per year for his play this season is a good compromise.