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Brook Lopez returns to Nets

Updated: July 12, 2012, 11:13 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

The Brooklyn Nets have opted to keep Brook Lopez as their center.

Lopez agreed to a new contract with Wednesday with the Nets, who were unable to complete a deal for Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard.

Terms of the contract have not been disclosed, but a league source told ESPNNewYork.com's Mike Mazzeo that Lopez, a restricted free agent, agreed to a four-year, $60 million max deal.

This effectively ends Brooklyn's pursuit of Howard, since Lopez can't be traded until ...

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