Source: Karl wants Knicks deal

As the Carmelo Anthony(notes) negotiations dragged on another day, Denver Nuggets coach George Karl is pushing team officials to make the trade with the New York Knicks because it would better position the Nuggets to still contend for a playoff spot this season, league sources with knowledge of the talks told Yahoo! Sports.

Nuggets president Josh Kroenke and general manager Masai Ujiri would prefer to send Anthony to the New Jersey Nets in return for a package that includes rookie forward Derrick Favors(notes) and four first-round picks, but Anthony hasn’t committed to signing a three-year, $65 million contract extension with the Nets. Karl doesn’t have a contract for next season, so it’s uncertain how much influence he has in the negotiations.

Kroenke requested on Saturday that the Knicks also include center Timofey Mozgov(notes) in their trade package, but New York has so far resisted, a source said. Though the Knicks released a statement on Sunday saying president Donnie Walsh and coach Mike D’Antoni are in agreement with owner James Dolan on how the team has proceeded in the negotiations, sources continued to insist that Walsh and D’Antoni are uncomfortable with how much the Knicks could part with for Anthony.

The Knicks’ current proposal would send Danilo Gallinari(notes), Raymond Felton(notes), Wilson Chandler(notes) and the Knicks’ 2014 first-round pick to Denver. The Knicks would also trade Anthony Randolph(notes) and Eddy Curry’s(notes) expiring contract to the Minnesota Timberwolves, who would send Corey Brewer(notes) to the Nuggets. The Knicks would receive Anthony, Chauncey Billups(notes), Shelden Williams(notes) and Renaldo Balkman(notes).

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Updated Monday, Feb 21, 2011