Report: Warriors sign Jaleel Cousins to Exhibit 10 contract
Following the signing of guard/forward Alfonzo McKinnie to a two-way deal, the Golden State Warriors have signed DeMarcus Cousins’ younger brother, Jaleel, to an Exhibit 10 contract, according to Anthony Slater of The Athletic.
Jaleel Cousins will develop with the Warriors’ G League affiliate in Santa Cruz — a similar treatment the organization gave Portland Trail Blazers guard Seth Curry, the younger brother of franchise star Stephen Curry, as he grew through Golden State’s farm system, carving his way into the league after going undrafted.
Cousins, a USF product, measured at 6-foot-11 and 265 pounds, an eerily similar and robust frame to older brother DeMarcus, whose measurements are exactly the same.
Jaleel played two years of junior college ball at Navarro College and his next two years at South Florida, averaging 8.5 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 25 minutes per game before going undrafted during the 2016 NBA Draft.
Cousins appeared in 31 games in the G League during the 2016-17 season (15 with the Texas Legends and 16 with the Reno Bighorns), posting 5.0 points and 3.1 rebounds per contest. He played with the Formosa Dreamers of Taiwan of the ASEAN Basketball League last season.
The Warriors are hoping to get a big man with a decent skill set to develop within the farm system, one that has seen the likes of Seth Curry, Dewayne Dedmon, Kent Bazemore, and most recently Quinn Cook shine at the NBA level.