Celtics, Sam Hauser reportedly agree to 3-year deal


There is optimism that the 6ft 7 forward can crack the rotation as early as next season.

Sam Hauser rises to shoot. Charles Krupa/AP photo

It appears Sam Hauser, who showed potential as a shooter in his rookie year, is staying with the Celtics.

The Boston Globe‘s Adam Himmelsbach reported that the sides have agreed on a three-year deal worth about $6 million. Himmelsbach said the first two years of the deal are fully guaranteed.

The 24-year-old Hauser, a 6-foot-7 forward with an effortless hitter, played in 26 games last season. He averaged 2.5 points, 1.1 rebounds and 0.4 assists while shooting 46 percent from the floor and 43.2 percent from 3-point range. The University of Virginia product hit double digits late in the regular season for the Celtics.

He was stable as a shooter, especially for a rookie, but he couldn’t crack the rotation partly because of his defense. Hauser had a two-way contract that eventually became an NBA contract. He averaged 20.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 13 regular season games with the Maine Celtics while shooting 40.7 percent from long range. He also averaged 16.9 points per game, which is 43.3 percent of his 3 points in the G League Showcase Cup.

According to Himmelsbach, there is optimism that Hauser, who will play for the Celtics in the Summer League, “can become a regular rotation player for the Celtics next season.”

The Celtics’ rotation was already tough to crack and it’s even tougher now that Malcolm Brogdon and Danilo Gallinari appear to be joining the roster, but it’s clear the Celtics are encouraged by Hauser’s potential. Shooting off the bench has been an area of ​​concern and they have been addressing that need both internally and externally this offseason.

As Himmelsbach notes, Boston will still have three open roster spots after signing Hauser, with rookie second-round draft pick JD Davison a strong candidate to fill one.

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