In an expected move, the Celtics are bringing back second-year forward Sam Hauser on a three-year contract, according to a league source. Boston had turned down Hauser’s team option last week in order to sign him on a long-term deal. The Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach was the first to report on Hauser’s deal.
The Celtics signed Hauser to a two-way deal shortly after the 2020 NBA draft, which left the Virginia product undrafted. After a strong game with the Maine Celtics, Hauser had his two-way deal converted to a standard NBA contract back in February after the team opened up several roster spots.
Hauser shot 43.5 percent from 3-point range in 36 combined games with the Celtics and the G-League in his rookie year and appeared in 26 of those games with the Celtics. He suffered a shoulder injury in the postseason but seems on track to compete in the NBA Summer League, which begins in Las Vegas next weekend.
Hauser will have a chance to earn minutes off the bench with the striker next year after swapping Aaron Nesmith and Daniel Theis. Boston’s bench depth is impressive in the backcourt, but leading up to it there will be minute-long competition with Danilo Gallinari and Grant Williams.
The Celtics still have three roster spots open after also agreeing on a deal with Luke Kornet on Friday. A league source told MassLive that Boston expects to fill one of those spots with a backup center.