Believe it or not, there are positives in the New York Knicks not acquiring point guard Ricky Rubio. Pay attention, here they are …

According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the New York Knicks were ready to pull the trigger on a Derrick Rose for Ricky Rubio swap. Ultimately, the Wolves ended up backing out of the deal at the last minute.

Knicks fans are upset at this news, and rightfully so. Instead of acquiring a pass-first point guard in Rubio, the Knicks will continue to employ a shooting guard disguised as a point-guard who is simply interested in that next contract.

This will, undoubtedly, hurt their young stud forward

Rose’s 4.5 assists per game average ranks 38th in the NBA compared to Rubio’s 8.4 mark, which ranks fifth.

This move (or lack thereof) is certainly negative for a franchise in desperate need of a primary ball handler who can create for others. However, there are still positives to look forward to.

Here are the three top positives to the Knicks missing out on Ricky Rubio:

Charles is a sophomore at Pennsylvania State University from Long Island, New York, majoring in broadcast journalism. As a member of Penn State's CommRadio, the official radio station of the College of Communications, Charles has written various articles covering Penn State football and basketball. In addition to writing, Charles also co-hosts Empire State College, the only New York sports talkshow on campus.