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Mavericks sign DeMarcus Cousins’ brother, Jaleel

Hoophall Miami Invitational - Kentucky v South Florida

MIAMI, FL - NOVEMBER 27: Tyler Ulis #3 of the Kentucky Wildcats dribbles the ball away from Jaleel Cousins #15 of the South Florida Bulls on November 27, 2015 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. Kentucky defeated South Florida 84-63. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

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DeMarcus Cousins will be a free agent in two years. He could hit the trade market even sooner.

Are the Mavericks trying to make inroads?

Dallas signed DeMarcus’ younger brother, Jaleel Cousins.

The Mavericks have one opening on the 20-man offseason roster after waiving Jameel Warney, but if they were serious about Jaleel making the 15-man regular-season roster, they would have signed him sooner.

Jaleel went undrafted out of South Florida, where the 6-foot-11 center averaged 8.5 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 25.0 minutes per game as a senior. He’s likely headed to the D-League.

And maybe, just maybe, he’ll help Dallas build a connection with the Cousins family.