Little will not play in Friday's summer league game against the Bucks due to a left shoulder injury, Jamie Hudson of NBC Sports Northwest reports.
The Trail Blazers will exercise caution with Little in their final game in Vegas. The next time we will see the No. 25 pick will be once the preseason commences.
Little finished with four points (2-7 FG, 0-4 3Pt), five rebounds and one assist across 22 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 97-93 loss to the Jazz in a Las Vegas Summer League game Tuesday.
The 25th overall pick in this year's draft, Little hasn't made much of an impact through three summer tilts while averaging 22.0 minutes per contest. Tuesday's production brought his averages in Las Vegas to 4.3 points and 4.3 rebounds, and he's particularly struggled with his shot (6-18 FG) thus far. He'll likely continue seeing a decent amount of playing time for what remains of the tournament but isn't projected for a sizable role once the regular season begins.
Little managed two points (1-6 FG, 0-1 3Pt) and three rebounds in 22 minutes during Saturday's 93-73 loss to the Pistons.
Little failed to make an impact in the summer league opener. Regardless of whether this becomes the norm or not, the rookie forward isn't likely to carve out a consistent role on a contending team that has historically opted to develop most of their younger prospects in the G League.
Little was selected by the Trail Blazers with the No. 25 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
Little was projected by many to go much higher than pick 25 and could be a quality pickup for Portland. He averaged 9.8 points and 4.6 rebounds (47.8 FG%, 26.9 3PT%, 77.0 FT%) in 18.2 minutes per game while coming off the bench for North Carolina as a freshman this past year. He'll slot in as a depth shooting guard and small forward this coming season.
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