"If a team fits me, that I'm going to have a championship, then I'm going to work with it. But other than that, Milwaukee's still the first option. If they can get somebody in the draft, I'm waiting until after the draft to see what's happening."
"I could work with anything," Payton said. "That ain't nothing to me. Me and Phil will sit down and work and talk. I think I could do anything, to sacrifice anything and be right there. Everybody talking about there ain't enough balls and ain't enough shots [for Payton and Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant]. Remember the Warriors with [Run] TMC? They were all averaging 20. I think we'd all do the same thing.
"I'm not putting myself into that situation. It's gotta work. I'm going to look at everybody. If Milwaukee betters themselves, I'll be with it."
"People think I'm going to be doing this and that," Payton said. "A lot of stuff has gotta look right to me. I'm not just going to say I'm going to take $3 million, $4 million. I'm not at that level right now. I'm at my peak. I'm 34 years old, still playing, still putting up numbers. I don't think I can settle for less."