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Sam Hauser’s slump may force the Celtics to explore trade options in more depth

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With the NBA trade deadline now less than a month away, the Boston Celtics Options must be explored. Given that they have the best record in the league, this could be as simple as assessing their rosters and getting ready for the buying market. However, with so few TPEs at their disposal, there may be room for additions, especially given the recent play of one major rotational player.

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Sam Hauser started the season on fire, shooting a ridiculous clip from three and immediately securing a spot in the rotation. Head coach Joe Mazzola was asked what Hauser did to get such consistent playing time, and His answer was simple:

“do not miss”.

Well, unfortunately for Hauser, it’s been a lot lately. From the start of the season through the end of November, Hauser shot 47.9% from distance at an average of 4.4 tries per game. Since then, he’s fired just 28.8% in 3.2 attempts.

Hauser manages to hold his place in the rotation due to his hustle and surprisingly adequate defense (As explained by Neil Eyre of CelticsBlog), but neither of those traits are the reason he was hired by the Celtics. He’s been paid to shoot, and if he doesn’t do it at a high level, that could lead to some changes in the coming weeks.

Boston signed Hauser to a steal of a contract last summer — three years, nearly $6 million. The 25-year-old pitcher developed with the Maine Celtics last season before getting a call-up amid the team’s attempt to fill roster spots before the postseason. Cutting off a player like Hauser, especially in such a great contract, would be unwise, but that doesn’t mean the Celtics couldn’t get a little more help.

His shot takes the lead in what Hauser brings to the table, but he also provided the Celtics with crucial wing depth. Behind Jason Tatum and Jaylen Brown, the team lacks any real wing assist outside of Hauser. Grant Williams is capable of underplaying, and their three-point guards — Marcus Smart, Derrick White and Malcolm Brogdon — are all capable, but not a perfect fit.

in Celtics win January 14th Over the Charlotte HornetsMazzola even tried Justin Jackson after Hauser only had 5 minutes in the first half. He started the fourth quarter, playing some of the first not-so-neglected minutes of the season. It may not seem like much, but with it being one of the only other wingers on the list, it could be a sign that Hauser is slowly losing ground at the moment.

Celtics inside Chris Forsberg from NBC Sports Boston In an article published Jan. 15, noting the potential need for Brad Stevens to screen potential trade options.

All of which makes you wonder if Stevens will think a little more about a potential move to add a senior winger before the February trade deadline. Hauser could help his case with a January surge, but his time on the court is eroding and it looks like he has to. Restore Mazzola’s confidence.

The Celtics have countless TPEs at their disposal, but only two of them are worth much in terms of adding a usable asset. The largest of the TPEs is from Juancho Hernangomez’s trade and watches at approximately $6.9 million via Spotrac. However, TPE expires on January 19th. The second runs through this year’s trade deadline – Dennis Schroder TPE, valued at approximately $5.89 million. Boston could stomach a deal for 100% of TPE plus $100,000.

Noah Fonleigh Trading to me San Antonio Spurs It opened up a spot on the Celtics’ roster, meaning they could add a player via one of their TPEs without having to give up a player in the trade. However, Boston will have to be willing to take on the tax levy.

But if Boston’s ownership is willing to snag that shot, and Stevens believes the move will increase their title chances, it might be worth it. There are some players around the league who could give the Celtics another winger option for a price tag that matches one of the TPEs.

For the larger of the two, there’s a fairly small window for players that don’t fit as well as the smaller TPE, which means Boston likely won’t be in a rush to make a deal in the near future. Among that small group are Cody Martin ($7 million), Justin Holiday ($6.29 million), Rui Hachimura ($6.26 million), and Rudy Guy ($6.18 million). Including non-wingers, players like Jaxson Hayes ($6.8 million) and Khem Birch ($6.66 million) can make sense.

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However, most players will be comprehensible under any of the TPEs, and the options get a little more extensive. Some players still on entry-level contracts may make sense if their current team has no intention of extending them. Cam Reddish, P.J. Washington ($5.8 million; less likely), and Mattis Thibul ($4.38 million) could fall into this category.

There are also a few veteran wingers the Celtics could target for depth purposes, but it seems unlikely that any of them will get significant minutes on Howser, which might defeat the purpose – Garrett Temple ($5.15M) and Derrick Jones Jr ($3.2M). ) are good examples.

All that said, there are quite a few intriguing options Bostonians can consider. the Detroit Pistons You have He expressed his openness to trading Bey’s friend ($2.96 million), though his value is likely to be a bit rich with Boston blood. The deal will almost certainly include a first-round pick.

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In the same vein, the Indiana Pacers It said Consider moving on from Chase Duarte ($3.94 million). He’s only in the second year of his rookie contract, so he’ll be under the team’s control for two years after this season. However, Duarte has struggled badly in terms of efficiency this year, shooting just 33.1% from the field and 29.2% from depth.

For a potential veteran addition, Torey Craig ($5.12 million) could be a perfect fit in Boston. He’s going through a year into his career with the Phoenix Suns, so it may not be available, but things can change. If Phoenix makes a Jay Crowder’s long-awaited trade For promotion into the Power Forward position, Craig’s salary could be included, which means Boston could potentially have the opportunity to participate as a third team.

All in all, the Celtics would likely see Hauser regain his upscale form rather than turn to the trade market. They’ve developed him internally, he’s got a great contract, and when he’s in shape, he’s shown the ability to be one of the best shooters in the NBA.

However, if the goal is to win a championship this season (which it obviously is), then waiting for Hauser to find his footing again may not be good enough. At the very least, the Celtics may have to consider potential trade options for the winger position.

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