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    Brooklyn Nets give up on Howard, sign Lopez to new deal 

    Jul 12, 2012

    THE Brooklyn Nets and center Brook Lopez have agreed to a new deal and talks with Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard have ended, according to sources.

    Brooklyn looks set to sign Lopez, who saw action in only five games last season due to foot injuries, to a $60 million, four-year contract.

    Lopez was part of the package that the Brooklyn team had initially offered to Orlando, but that trade proposal also included Kris Humphries whom the Magic apparently did not want.

    Once Lopez signs a contract, he cannot be traded until January 15, as per new league rules.

    The development puts the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers as the Magic’s top potential trade partners, with the Rockets said to be eyeing either Howard in a direct trade or Lakers center Andrew Bynum in a three-team deal.

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