By Scooby Axson
July 11, 2012

Brook Lopez's max deal with the Brooklyn Nets means the Dwight Howard pursuit is over ... for now. (Brian Babineau/NBA/Getty Images)

The Brooklyn Nets have reached a four-year, $60.8 million deal with center Brook Lopez, according to multiple reports.

The Charlotte Bobcats were also reportedly in pursuit of Lopez.

Lopez, who has been one of the players mentioned in a possible Dwight Howard trade, is expected to sign the deal tonight. The earliest that Lopez can be traded is Jan. 15.

Lopez broke his right foot and missed the first 32 games of the season. He played only five games in the lockout-shortened season before the Nets shut him down after he twisted his ankle.

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