Ideally, the Golden State Warriors will enter the 2012-13 season with a roster identical to the one they had in 2011-12.
Other than Carl Landry and Jarrett Jack, every key Warriors player from this season is under contract for next season. Brandon Rush will be returning from a torn ACL, and having Landry and Jack both back would make Golden State an incredibly dangerous and deep team.
However, there is no guarantee that the Warriors will retain both of their veteran free agents. If Landry opts out of his $4 million player option for next season, the Warriors will have to try to retain both him and Jack at discount prices.
Even if the Warriors can sign Landry cheap and offer Jack the mid-level exception, there's a chance Jack leaves in order to have a starting job elsewhere.
In either case, the Warriors will need to fill an empty roster spot.
Here's a look at three players that—for various reasons—will come cheaper than Jack and Landry, but may be able to thrive in Golden State's system.