Knicks, the stars who can land in New York

With the season over, comes the tough part for Leon Rose as he must decide how many of the Knicks’ attractive assemblage of trade assets in the form of a few up-and-coming young players — Immanuel Quickley, Quentin Grimes, and even Mitchell Robinson — and 10 first-round picks versus next seven years he would be willing to part with if a star were available in league MVP and former customer Joel Embiid.

Another All-Star big man, Timberwolves center/forward Karl-Anthony Towns — also a former client of Rose at CAA — appears to be near the top of the trade market after another early Minnesota playoff exit.

On a smaller scale, it also wouldn’t be surprising to see Rose re-engage in negotiations for someone like OG Anunoby, Toronto’s two-way wing.

Overshadowing any move is the need to decide whether Julius Randle — who followed up with a regular season All-NBA designation for the second time in three years with a poor playoff showing — is still a building block or whether to find a buyer for the three years remaining and $82.7 million on his contract give them a better shot at championship contention with a title drought from 1973 now at a half century.