3 Young players the Boston Celtics should develop, 4 to give up on

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Give up on: Sam Hauser

As an undrafted free agent in 2021, Sam Hauser worked his way into a contract with the Boston Celtics. He’s improved in each of the last two seasons but there’s no guarantee that he’s going to continue to be part of the long-term plans of the Celtics. That could open the door to the Celtics possibly moving on from Hauser.

Hauser is coming off an encouraging second season with the Celtics; he averaged six points on 42 percent shooting from 3-point range. What has to be most exciting for Hauser is the fact that he appeared in 80 games in the regular season. That’s a good sign. However, with the additions of Jordan Walsh and Oshae Brissett this summer, it’s only natural to question the long-term future of Hauser in Boston.

The Celtics will have to make a decision after this year on Hauser as he has a team option for the 2024-25 season. If he doesn’t make a big impact in training camp or preseason and goes on to lose his spot in the rotation in the regular season, it wouldn’t be all that surprising if he was part of a small trade at some point this season or if that option was declined altogether before next summer. It seems that Hauser’s tenure in Boston could be coming to an end.