Report: Boston Celtics to sign Sam Hauser, Luke Kornet for remainder of season contracts

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Boston Celtics plan to fill two of their five open spots by signing contracts with Sam Hauser and Luke Kornet for the remainder of the season:

Hauser has been with the Celtics on a two-way deal this season. He saw little action with Boston, playing just 41 minutes in 10 appearances.

In 20 games (18 starts) with the Maine Celtics of the G League, Hauser was a shooting star. He averaged 19 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists in over 34 minutes per game. The most notable number is that Hauser is shooting 42.6 percent on 9.8 three-point attempts per game.

Luke Kornet spent most of the season with Maine, after Boston waived him after preseason. Kornet had tough 10-day recalls with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Milwaukee Bucks earlier this season.

In 17 games (all starts) with Maine, Kornet averaged 13.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.1 blocks per game. For his NBA career, Kornet averaged 5.7 points over 136 games.

Kornet ended the 2020-21 season with Boston, having been acquired at the trade deadline. In 18 games, he averaged 4.4 points and 1.4 blocks per game.

Earlier in the day on Friday, the Celtics’ president of basketball operations acknowledged that Boston would need to add two players on short notice before they face the Denver Nuggets on Friday night. Stevens also said that with five spots available on the roster, the Celtics would prioritize shooting and “ideally, shooting with size.” Both Hauser and Kornet fit this bill.

Hauser and Kornet should also be perfectly compatible with the Celtics, given their existing experience with the team and organization. With a roster that lacks depth, it helps to have players that can be plugged in immediately.

After signing Hauser and Kornet, Boston will be left with three standard roster spots open, as well as one spot either way.

Amanda J. Marsh