He's gone. He wants out.
The Pelicans hired David Griffin on Friday, and he, in the past, revealed exactly what he'd do with AD, working as an analyst for NBA TV. He could potentially return to that role with Griffin in charge. The Cavaliers declined to renew his contract after the 2017 season.
The position was given to Danny Ferry on an interim basis, but the former Cavaliers forward told Wojnarowski that he pulled out of the running to remain with the Pelicans on a full-time basis.
The Pelicans fired general manager Dell Demps midseason after Davis made a trade demand that the team did not meet at the in-season deadline.More news: Southern storms kill 8; knock out power in Virginia
Griffin, meanwhile, has already outlined what he would be looking for in a trade involving the six-time All-Star.
In 2014-15, Griffin was named the NBA Executive of the Year. "Draft picks, an elite role player - somebody that could really further the cause for us as a victor because when you're bringing more young kids to the floor, you need those players to galvanize a group".
It's unclear what title Griffin will hold, because, well, the two sides haven't agreed on that yet.
If it's a young star Griffin's Pelicans seek, they would find that in the form of Celtics wing Jayson Tatum.More news: London gridlocked by climate protesters
Payton, who is from the New Orleans area, said playing in his hometown exceeded expectations and that he would like to be back.
Trading Davis also could fetch a high draft choice, if Griffin chooses to go that route.
Griffin will take over for former Pelicans general manger Dell Demps, who was sacked in the middle of his ninth season with the club - a few weeks after All-Star Anthony Davis' trade request in late January.
And when it comes to elite role players, there's no doubt there's some of those in Boston; Terry Rozier, a pending restricted free agent, would check off that box.More news: Fordham student dies after falling from clock tower