Directory: Andy Elisburg
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, BASKETBALL OPERATIONS/GENERAL MANAGER
Elisburg begins his first season as Senior Vice President, Basketball Operations/General Manager where he continues to assist CEO Nick Arison and President Pat Riley in the management of all aspects of the HEAT’s basketball organization including salary cap administration, talent acquisition, league compliance and the day-to-day business of basketball operations.
He is a HEAT original, joining the franchise in its inaugural 1988 season. For the past 18 years, Elisburg has been working in basketball operations, including the previous five as Senior Vice President, Basketball Operations/Assistant General Manager, and has played an integral role in salary cap planning and basketball operations management, while overseeing the day-to-day operations at AmericanAirlines Arena.
With the challenges and the complexities in dealing with the league salary cap and luxury tax, Elisburg’s knowledge and experience continues to be called upon to build on the team’s unprecedented success. The results of that success include three NBA Championships, four Eastern Conference Championships, 15 postseason berths in the last 18 years (including a franchise-record six consecutive playoff appearances from 1996-2001), 10 Division Championships and tied for the fourth most wins (826) in the NBA (the most in the Eastern Conference) from 1995-2013.
During the off-season, Elisburg assists Riley in maneuvering through the framework of the salary cap and the luxury tax to transform the roster, ensuring the HEAT maintains its status as one of the league’s top teams. In one of the most anticipated off-seasons in NBA history, he played an integral role in the HEAT’s successful summer of 2010. His knowledge and expertise of the salary cap proved invaluable as he helped the HEAT acquire perennial All-Stars LeBron James and Chris Bosh, as well as round out the roster with several key veteran free agent signings to bolster the team’s depth.
Elisburg began the team’s inaugural campaign as an intern in the public relations department before becoming a public relations assistant at the end of the season. He has served in many different capacities, including Assistant Director of Public Relations; Director of Team Services and Information; Director of Team Operations; Vice President, Basketball Operations, Senior Vice President, Basketball Operations and Senior Vice President, Basketball Operations/Assistant General Manager.
A native of Potomac, MD, Elisburg served an internship with the Washington Bullets in the summer of 1988 before coming to the HEAT. He holds a degree in sports administration from St. Thomas University and was honored by his alma mater in June of 2004 with their first Leader for Life Award which goes to recognize an alumna/alumnas that has made a significant contribution to their chosen profession. Elisburg is single and lives in Miami.