Former Davidson star Tyler Kalinoski says he has signed to play with the Miami Heat in two NBA summer leagues.
Kalinoski, a 6-foot-4 guard who was last season’s Atlantic 10 player of the year, told the Observer he will go to Miami next week for practice, then play with the Heat in summer leagues in Orlando, Fla., from July 4-10 and Las Vegas from July 10-20.
“This is where I wanted to put myself, with a chance to make an NBA roster,” said Kalinoski, who wasn’t drafted Thursday. “I want to seize the moment and just go out and play.”
Kalinoski, who had workouts with several NBA teams this spring, said he had one of his better sessions with the Heat.
“I shot well, and when we did three-on-three stuff, that went well too,” he said. “I defended well and competed, and I think that caught their attention.”
Kalinoski averaged 16.3 points last season and was at or near the top of many A-10 categories, including assists (4.1), 3-point percentage (42.3), 3-pointers made per game (2.8) and assist-turnover ratio (3.0).
“Hopefully I’ll get some playing time (this summer) and do well,” said Kalinoski. “Whether it’s the Heat or another team, maybe I’ll get a chance to go to training camp in September and try out for a roster spot. This is the shot I wanted.”