Karl-Anthony Towns, breaking his silence following a return to action Friday after he missed 15 games with a left-knee sprain, claims any speculation he wants out of Minnesota is untrue.
The Post reported on Christmas that Knicks brass is monitoring the availability of stars such as Towns and the Wizards’ Bradley Beal, in case they become “disgruntled’’ with their whereabouts.
A subsequent report stated team executives envision Towns growing discontented with the Timberwolves, listing the Warriors as monitoring the situation along with the Knicks.
Meanwhile, Beal this week said he’s frustrated with the Wizards’ culture.
Towns, who grew up in Metuchen, N.J., a Knicks fan, said he’s happy living in Minnesota.
“I think you’ve been around me long enough to know I don’t go for all the [expletive],’’ Towns said, according to the Star Tribune. “I just do my job, go home and I know what the real story is. There’s a reason those stories are made because people need to sell papers, sell links and clicks, whatever the case may be.
Towns is in the first season of a five-year, $158 million max contract that followed his rookie deal.
“I’m here to be a Minnesota Timberwolf,’’ Towns said. “Very fortunate I have a head coach like [Ryan Saunders], a President and friend like [Gersson Rosas]. I’m not worried about all that nonsense.”
Towns made reference to things being better since former coach and team president Tom Thibodeau was fired last January.
“Whatever we have to deal with in house, we’ll deal with in house, but this ain’t the circus like it used to be,’’ Towns said. “This is something that’s going to be done as a family. If we have a problem or anything, we’ll deal with it internally. We won’t have any external forces here adding anything.”
Towns, the first pick in the 2015 draft, returned to action Friday in a loss to Indiana and scored 27 points as the Wolves dropped to 15-26.
Beal sounded a lot more distraught. The Wizards are 13-28.
“I don’t like losing,’’ Beal said. “I’m sorry. Especially winnable games. It’s going to keep blowing up for me until we start winning and changing our culture.”
When asked what’s to change with the culture, he said: “Winning games. Have that winning attitude, winning habits. I don’t like losing.”
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