After playing a season with the Boston Celtics, former Virginia Cavaliers forward Sam Hauser has signed a three-year deal with Brad Stevens’ organization after the team turned down his team option, clearly viewing him as part of their future. Hauser will make a total of $6 million over the next three years.
This comes after Hauser signed a two-way deal with Boston in the 2021-2022 season. He appeared in 26 NBA-level games for the Celtics last year, averaging 6.1 minutes per game in those games and shooting 43.2% from beyond the arc for 2.5 points per contest. His best games came in late-season losses to Toronto and Milwaukee, when he scored 10 and 11 points and shot a combined 5-7 from beyond the arc and 8-11 from the field.
This complemented his play for the Maine Celtics in the G League, where he appeared in 13 games and averaged 20.2 PPG, 6.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists while throwing 40.7% off on 10.8 three-point attempts the deep shot.
This new three-year contract is significant for the previously uncalled-up Hauser. Landing a three-year contract after playing sparingly for a season signals Boston sees something in him and will keep him close and make him a rotating collaborator for this young but hugely talented roster that features star players like Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown want to develop.
Of course, this also ensures that Hauser will be teammates with another former Wahoo, as Malcolm Brogdon was recently traded from the Indiana Pacers to Boston to improve the Celtics’ backfield and offense, with Brogdon providing additional playmaking – something that a Sagittarius like Hauser should have benefit from.
This summer, the Wisconsin native and Marquette transfer will spend some time playing for Boston’s NBA Summer League roster to gain more experience and develop his game for a bright future with a franchise that will be a staple over the next decade , to expand further.