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Will Warriors retain Carl Landry or Jarrett Jack for next season?

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Due to the salary cap, the Golden State Warriors will most likely be without one key player off the bench next season. While they were missing one key player for the majority of the season in Brandon Rush, he’s under contract for next year. On the other hand, the Warriors may have to decide between two free agents they want to retain: point guard Jarrett Jack and power forward Carl Landry.

Landry recently hinted at opting out of the final year of his two-year, $8 million contract he signed last summer, according to his agent. The second year of his deal was a player option but agent Mark Bartelstein knew his client would opt out.

“He’s worth a lot more than the contract he has and the direction (we’re moving) toward is him opting out,” said Bartelstein. “(The Warriors) knew it was essentially a one-year deal when he signed.”

A consistent scorer in the post, Landry was invaluable at times for the team. Reliable all around, he was a luxury to have off the bench.

While he was turnover-prone during crucial moments of games, Jack’s leadership and passing abilities were absolutely needed regardless of if he came off the bench or played in crucial late-game situations. Teams like the Dallas Mavericks are interested in him this offseason and he will likely get a sizeable raise this offseason as well.

As for Jack’s replacements, there Warriors could wind up showing interest in a variety of veteran names out on the market this offseason such as Devin Harris of the Atlanta Hawks, C.J. Watson of the Brooklyn Nets and Shaun Livingston of the Cleveland Cavaliers. When looking at the easier position to fill in terms of the quantity of quality bargain options available, Landry’s skill set may be a rarer find than what Jack provided for the team this season.

Nevertheless, while there is no clear cut decision on whom the Warriors favor or who would be easier to bring back financially, Landry may be the more affordable and easier player to re-sign. Even with Rush’s return from injury, Landry may find himself in a similar predicament to last summer and could return to the team for the right price. Jack has many suitors this offseason, making Landry the more likely choice to return to the Warriors for the 2013-14 season.

Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports

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Austin Chang is the Associate Editor of Sports Out West and a San Francisco Bay Area-based sports journalist. His work can also be found on Yahoo! Sports and RamsTalk. Follow him on Twitter @_austinchang.