Sam Hauser Signs Three-Year, $6 Million Deal With Boston Celtics

Sam Hauser signed his first major NBA contract.

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Former Virginia men’s basketball star Sam Hauser has reportedly signed a three-year, $6 million deal to return to the Boston Celtics, The Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach first reported Sunday.

After failing to be called up, Hauser spent the first half of his rookie season on a two-way deal with the Celtics before signing a standard NBA contract with the organization in February. Hauser appeared in 26 games, averaged 2.5 points and 1.1 rebounds per game, and shot 43.2% from three and 46.0% from the field. He also played 10 G League games with the Maine Celtics, averaging 16.9 points per game and shooting 43.3% from beyond the arc.

Earlier this week, the Celtics declined their $1.6 million team option for Hauser next season, making him a restricted free agent and opening the door to a longer-term contract with Hauser.

Himmelsbach reported that there is hope Sam Hauser can make a significant contribution for the Celtics next season as they attempt to retain their Eastern Conference title and return to the NBA Finals. The organization made a big move to bring another former UVA men’s basketball star to Boston on Friday, trading five players and a first-round draft pick for Malcolm Brogdon to the Indiana Pacers. The Celtics managed to pull off that trade without giving up any of their core stars or key role players, making them an early favorite to win the Eastern Conference again next season. If Hauser can give the Celtics quality minutes with reliable shots, their chances of returning to the Finals will be even better.

Sam Hauser will now join the Celtics in the NBA Summer League, joining two other former UVA basketballers, Jay Huff (Lakers) and Trey Murphy (Pelicans).

The full schedule of NBA Summer League games taking place July 2-17 can be found here: NBA Summer League Schedule


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