The Golden State Warriors are, apparently, all about keeping it in the family. With the 2018-19 NBA season about to get started, the team is signing Jaleel Cousins - younger brother of DeMarcus Cousins - to an Exhibit 10 contract.
The younger Cousins is not in play to make the roster, for now at least, and will head straight to the Santa Cruz Warriors in the G-League. With an Exhibit 10 contract, he’ll be able to receive more money than the average G-League salary, presuming he stays with the Warriors organization.
Cousins, a 6’11” center, played two years at the University of South Florida, before pursuing professional basketball in 2016. He hasn’t played in the NBA, but did play for two G-League squads during the 2016-17 season, where he averaged 5.1 points and 3.0 rebounds per game. He most recently Played for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Basketball League in 2017.
The Cousins bros are not the first set of siblings in the Warriors organization. Damion Lee is with the team on a two-way contract, and, as of this summer, he and Steph Curry are brothers-in-law. And Mychel Thompson, Klay Thompson’s older brother, spent four years with Santa Cruz.
That’s pretty cool.