Jonathan Givony of ESPN:
Maybe this is just New York doing its due diligence. The Knicks could also be trying to drum up trade interest among teams that want Garland.
Barrett is a flawed prospect. He didn’t hit jumpers efficiently at Duke. His decision-making is suspect. He’s too left-handed dominant. He rarely uses his defensive tools. There’s a lot to like, to be sure. Barrett has nice size, athleticism and physicality. He’s a good ball-handler and playmaker. He seems built for a leading role.
But it wouldn’t shock me if a team likes Garland more. The point guard is a knockdown shooter with the ball-handling and footwork to get that shot off. He needs work as a distributor and lacks Barrett’s defensive potential.
Garland might not be as good as Barrett right now. But Garland’s path to success might be a little more projectable.