Celtics show confidence in Sam Hauser with new multi-year deal

The Boston Celtics suddenly found themselves very busy late last week. They exchanged a large trade for dynamic guard Malcolm Brogdon from the Indiana Pacers and they’ll probably sign Danilo Gallinari after the skilled sniper clears disclaimers. They’ve also shored up the back end of their bench, showing plenty of faith in one of their recently undrafted free agents.

As reported by the Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach on Sunday, the Celtics are expected to step back up front Sam Hauser to a three-year deal worth $6 million, with the first two years fully guaranteed. The numbers are staggering, as the Celtics recently turned down Hauser’s option for just $1.6 million with intentions of signing him long-term. Now Hauser is getting a big raise compared to what he originally wanted to do.

Hauser, 24, played his senior year in Virginia before signing a two-way contract with the Celtics as an undrafted free agent in 2021. The C’s later converted his deal to a regular NBA contract, but Hauser still spent some time doing it with the Maine Celtics in the G League.

According to Himmelsbach, “there is great optimism that Hauser can become a regular in the rotation next season.” Hauser played 26 games in the 2021/22 season and sat an average of just 6.1 minutes on the bench. But he shot 43.2 percent from three-point range in his limited role. Apparently, this is the main area where the team expects the 6ft 8 Hauser to play an expanded role.

The C’s seemed to suffer from a lack of wing scoring behind Jayson Tatum down the stretch and through the playoffs. The expected addition of Gallinari and the retention of Hauser are two notable steps in this direction.

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