Things are not looking better for Portland's Omari Johnson these days.
After being named to the Trailblazers Summer League roster just prior to the start of the Las Vegas NBA Summer League, it seemed like the former Oregon State standout forward was in the right situation with the right team to finally secure an NBA contract. After all, Portland was the team who had signed Johnson in the pre-season of the 2015-2016 season, giving the blue-collar forward his first shot at the league. It looked like the Trailblazers were simply just looking to give the 6' 9" forward another extended try-out.
Fast forward four games into the Las Vegas NBA Summer League and the only emotion that can be conjured from Johnson's simple lack of appearances is confusion. Johnson may be buried behind some more youthful and talented pieces, headlined by Noah Vonleh, Cliff Alexander and Jake Layman, but there's few players on any roster during the Summer League that seemingly go the whole summer without at least seeing the court a few times. At the moment, it looks like Johnson may end up being part of that slender minority.
If the NBA route doesn't work out for Johnson, the next possibility for the versatile forward could be a return to the NBA D-League or possibly a contract overseas with a European team. Johnson last played abroad during the 2013-2014 season, when he averaged 11.6 points and 6 rebounds per game for Spanish club CB Valladolid.