Report: Boston Celtics agree to re-sign Sam Hauser

According to Adam Himmeslbach of the Boston Globe, the Boston Celtics are bringing Sam Hauser back:

The deal would be nearly $6 million over three seasons for Hauser. The first two seasons will be fully guaranteed for the shooting specialist.

Hauser’s playing time with Boston was limited to just 158 ​​minutes in 26 games during his rookie season. However, Hauser showed his marksmanship ability by knocking down 19 of 44 three-point shots during that span.

In a loss to the Milwaukee Bucks in early April, Hauser scored a career-high 11 points. In his longest playing time, as the Celtics rested several regulars, Hauser knocked down 4 of 5 shots, including 3 of 4 from behind the arc.

The 6-foot-8 forward from Virginia began his NBA career on a two-way contract with the Boston and Maine Celtics. After Boston created several spots on the open roster with trade deals, Hauser signed a standard two-year contract.

Prior to free agency, Boston declined his team option in the second year of Hauser’s contract. This made him a restricted free agent. The intention was still for the Celtics to re-sign Hauser on a longer contract. Now, Boston will use its Non-Bird rights to give Hauser a three-year contract.

Locking himself away for three years, two of which are fully guaranteed, for a player with so little NBA time might seem a bit odd, but Hauser’s plans are well worth his contract. In 13 G League games (12 starts) with Maine, Hauser has shown he can do more than be a dead shot.

Hauser averaged 20.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.1 steals in 35 minutes per game. He also shot 46% from the field, including 40.7% on 10.8 three-point attempts per game.

The Las Vegas Summer League will be important for Hauser. He is one of the only Summer Celtics players guaranteed a spot in Boston next season. Look for Hauser to get more reps on the ball and to work as an individual creator.

With Hauser in the fold and factoring in their trades, the Celtics now have 12 standard spots on the roster. This leaves three spots open on the standard roster. Both two-way spots are also open for Boston/Maine.

Amanda J. Marsh