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Boston Celtics Rumors.. Sam Hauser a little signing with great potential

Boston Celtics supporters are thrilled with the additions of Malcolm Brogdon and Danilo Gallinari, but another lesser deal should also generate some interest.

According to Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe, the Celtics have signed Sam Hauser to a three-year, $6 million contract. For a player that earned a spot on the roster as a rookie during the 2021–22 NBA season, the first two years of that three-year contract are completely guaranteed.

Now, why is there so much interest in a player who will struggle to make the rotation in the upcoming season and who sits at the end of the bench?

Boston Celtics have hopeful plans for Sam Hauser

One of the key causes is his accuracy with the gun. The 24-year-old forward out of the University of Virginia can become a consistent contributor, according to the Celtics, if he can work on his defense. This would merely provide more depth to a squad that already plans to go 10 deep.

In 13 games with the Maine Celtics, Hauser averaged 20.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 3.2 assists. Hauser largely shone in the G League, but he also had flashes with the big squad.

Hauser was one of the sparks off the bench in a late-season game against the Milwaukee Bucks, scoring 11 points on 4-for-6 shooting. More impressively, he shot 3-for-4 from outside the arc, displaying the caliber of output the Celtics hope to see as early as the 2022–23 NBA season.

Ime Udoka, the head coach of the Boston Celtics, enthused over Hauser’s performance at the time, so the three-year contract is basically a no-brainer, especially if he keeps improving in other facets of his game.

First and foremost, his shooting stands out. Elite shooter,” Udoka said prior to Hauser’s career-night, as transcribed by CLNS Media. “He’s been that since I saw him, had him in the building and obviously with the G-League team he’s been doing that, but he’s a very cerebral player across the board. He’s fit in well in games that he’s played early in the season when guys were injured, we plugged him right in and he didn’t really miss a beat as far as defensively and some of the things we were looking for

Udoka continued by praising Hauser as a thoughtful player who can play on either side of the floor and who he feels confident starting with.

In 26 games with the Boston Celtics, he averaged just 2.5 points, most of which came in the fourth quarter. However, his 43.2 percent 3-point shooting is what really stands out about him, especially at the moment when it’s so crucial in the NBA.

Sam Hauser may still play even if Danilo Gallinari was acquired to Boston to help the team’s need for scoring off the bench. Gallinari is approaching the age of 30, and as we all know, there will be games where older players will receive time off. The potential of an undrafted athlete is considerable.

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