While the addition of Malcolm Brogdon and Danilo Gallinari excites Boston Celtics fans, another minor transaction should also spark some intrigue.
As reported by The Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe, the Celtics are bringing back Sam Hauser on a three-year, $6 million deal. The first two of this three-year contract are fully guaranteed for a player who made the roster as a rookie in the 2021-22 NBA season.
So why the intrigue about a player at the back of the bench who will have a hard time breaking the rotation next season?
Boston Celtics have hopeful plans for Sam Hauser
His sniping ability is a key reason. If he can improve defensively, the Celtics believe the 24-year-old forward from the University of Virginia can become a regular contributor, which would only add depth to a team already going 10 deep.
While Hauser flashed the most in the G League, averaging 20.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 13 games with the Maine Celtics, he also showed some flashes with the big team.
In a postseason game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Hauser was one of the stars off the bench, contributing 11 points on 4-for-6 shooting. Even more impressively, he went 3-on-4 from the deep and showed the kind of production the Celtics envision in the future and already in the 2022-23 NBA season.
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Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka gushed about Hauser’s performance at the time, which actually makes the three-year deal a no-brainer, especially as he continues to develop in other aspects of his game.
“First and foremost, his shooting stands out. Elite shooter,” said Udoka before Hauser’s career night, as transcribed by CLNS Media. “He’s been since I saw him, had him in the building and obviously with the G-League team he does, but he’s a very intellectual player across the board. He fits well into games he played earlier in the season when guys were injured, we hooked him straight up and he didn’t really miss a beat defensively and some of the things we were looking for.
Udoka further praised Hauser as an intellectual player on both sides of the court, which he enjoys using with starters.
Though he averaged just 2.5 points in 26 games with the Boston Celtics, mostly in garbage times, it’s the 43.2 percent shots from 3-point range that make him an intriguing player, especially at one time so important in the NBA where shooting goes beyond the bow.
While Gallinari was brought to Boston to fill the team’s need to score off the bench, Sam Hauser was still able to earn a few minutes since Gallinari is on the other side of the 30 and as we know there are games in the NBA , where older players are given a time-out. There is great potential for an undrafted player.