Report: Celtics decline option on bench player, hope for long-term deal
On Wednesday, the Celtics took care of one of their few team contract options for the upcoming season. According to NBA insider Keith Smith, the team has declined the $1.6 million option on depth forward Sam Hauser.
However, this doesn’t mean Hauser’s time in Boston is over. Smith added that the Celtics will “look to work out a longer deal” will Hauser, who is now a restricted free agent.
Hauser signed with the Celtics last August after going undrafted in 2021 out of Virginia. He initially signed to a two-way deal and spent the majority of his time early in the year with the Maine Celtics. His contract was then converted into a standard contract in February.
Overall, Hauser appeared in 26 regular season games for the Celtics averaging 2.5 points in 6.1 minutes per game while shooting 43.2 percent from three. He also appeared in seven playoff games in mop-up duty.