In September, Layden ended his seven-year stint as an assistant coach with the Jazz to become the Spurs' assistant general manager. He replaced Dennis Lindsey, who was hired as the Jazz's new general manager.
"It was unusual circumstances," Layden said, "everybody going back and forth."
But before the Jazz and Spurs played Saturday in a rematch of last year's first-round sweep in the playoffs, Layden, who was previously the Jazz's vice president of basketball operations, attempted to dispel any notion that he was upset about not being a candidate for the position that went to Lindsey.
"I hope it's not portrayed that way," he said, "because I'm not that way."
After spending the most of the decade on the bench, Layden was ready to get back into the front office and scouting.
"To get back in the front office and get back with an organization like this," Layden said, "I couldn't ask for anything better."
Layden called the Jazz's hire of Lindsey a "home run" and called the 43-year-old "one of the great executives in the game."
"You look at Dennis and what he's done in the league," Layden said. "He'll put the Jazz in a great, great place for many, many years."
Before Saturday's game, Lindsey and Layden sat courtside in the AT&T Center and chatted for about five minutes. It was one of the few times they had been in the same spot since they traded places.
Layden is significantly closer to the Spurs than he was seven years ago, when he visited as an observer, but said, "Now that I'm even more immersed with it, it's a special place."