Heir to the Throne: 10 Guys Who May Have to Fill LeBron James' Shoes

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Heir to the Throne: 10 Guys Who May Have to Fill LeBron James' Shoes

Now is not the most appropriate time to bring up this topic.

Especially after last night, when the King erupted for 40 points (on 16-for-23 shooting), eight rebounds, eight assists, two three's, two blocks, a steal, and countless "oh my God" plays that led the Cavs to a 112-102 win and a 2-0 series lead over Chicago.

But unfortunately, it's a topic that must be addressed at some point...even from a guy like me, who acts like a five-year-old when it comes to LeBron's offseason: "I'm covering my eyes and ears, I can't see or hear what you're saying, blah blah blah!"

But if...if...James decides to take his sublime talent elsewhere (and I don't think he will), it creates quite a gap to fill in Cleveland. Frankly, I'm not sure anyone in the league could appropriately fill it—no player out there means more to his organization and fanbase.

Another issue is the potential salary cap. Even if James opts out and doesn't return, the Cavs will still have about $48 million in salaries locked up next year, leaving room for maybe one max player before they go over the luxury tax.

But we'll ignore those issues for now, and just stick to 10 players who could come in and (try) to keep Cleveland relevant in the basketball world.

Let's get it crackin'...

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