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Yeah, but think about the Nets vs. the Magic though in the "better franchise" discussion. Through some advantageous lottery positioning the Magic have gotten two of the best centers in the past decade and because of it have been to the finals twice in the past 2 decades - the same as the Nets - except both of New Jersey's trips were in this decade.
Historically the Nets have had a weak fanbase and played in a swamp, but they are moving to the largest market in the country (after being on the outskirts of it) which is certainly a step up from an endorsement and visibility standpoint than Orlando. Also, the Nets now have the richest owner in the NBA. DeVos doesn't come close to that. Yes, there's a new arena in Orlando, but the arena in Brooklyn will be newer.
Finally, players. In terms of supporting cast, it is close, with the Nets perhaps even having a deeper more talented team. This is punctuated by their flexibility year in and year out in terms of GM moves by a GM who has been outpacing Otis Smith since he took the job. The positives in the Magic's direction are iffy. Playing the history card for a franchise with some overblown history is a tough call.
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