But Payton doesn’t let the chatter get to him.
“I don’t get caught up in the things like that,” Payton said, according to Spencer Davies of Basketball Insiders.
“Today I’m an Orlando Magic. I play for the Orlando Magic and I’m gonna give them 100 percent of me. I’m somebody that likes to finish what I started, so I definitely would like to see this through and try to turn this organization around.”
It’s no secret that the Magic have struggled this season, but Payton believes that the team can turn things around if everyone steps up.
“Everybody,” Payton said. “I like Vuc [Nikola Vucevic]. I like AG [Aaron Gordon]. Evan [Fournier] is somebody who can fill it up. T Ross [Terrence Ross] is somebody who can fill it up when healthy. I think we have a lot of talent on this team. Even the rookies—Wes [Iwundu] plays well for us in stretches. Jon [Isaac] when he was playing he’d do well.
“You could see the potential there. So I think we have a lot of weapons on this team. I’m very confident in the group we have here. I think we have a lot of talent, we just have to do it.”