Dallas Mavericks Agree to Deal with Jaleel Cousins
The Dallas Mavericks have been busy this offseason adding a number of players to the roster on partial deals. This one adds to that as the Mavs have agreed to terms with former USF Bull, Jaleel Cousins.
The Dallas Mavericks made a new addition to their already crowded roster today when the team announced that they had signed former big man for the University of South Florida, Jaleel Cousins. Aside from spending time on the Mavs Summer League squad this year, Cousins is also little brother to NBA All-Star center, DeMarcus Cousins.
Obviously basketball isn’t necessarily a familial trait, but the Mavericks are determined to squeeze what they can out of the lesser-known brothers of NBA stars this year. With a Curry and a Cousins on the roster, the Mavs are trying everything this year.
In all honesty though, Jaleel has the tools to be an excellent player in the league. Although he has not shown near what his brother has, his physical attributes are a good sign. The big man is 6’11”, 255 lbs and is coming off a pretty good season with USF.
Despite going undrafted, Jaleel is a worthy project for Dallas and will almost assuredly spend this season in the D-League rounding out his game. As he progresses, it will be exciting to see if he can turn into an NBA ready player and a useful tool for the Mavs.
At first glance, it was a little worrisome that this would muddy up the already difficult roster decisions coming our way, but the plan appears to be to keep Cousins in the D-League for the foreseeable future.
The Dallas Mavericks announced the addition of Jaleel earlier this afternoon, but not much else has been said about the decision. No matter what happens with Cousins, though, be ready for some very important roster moves by the Mavericks in the next few days.