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On the flip side, the loss of Maggette leaves the Bobcats with a gaping hole at the No. 3 spot.

That doesn’t mean the Bobcats will be more inclined to use the No. 2 pick on a small forward, Cho said.

Cho lives by the philosophy of “draft talent and trade for need,” meaning the Bobcats could still fill the small forward position in free agency or via trade.

They’re expected to have about $20 million in salary cap space this summer and could create even more if they decided to use the amnesty tag on Thomas or center Boris Diaw.

Thomas is due to make $26 million over the next three seasons. Diaw has one year left on his contract at $7.4 million.

Cho’s philosophy means the Bobcats will draft “the best player available” regardless of who’s on the roster.