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NBA Notes: Video shows Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving apparently mocking LeBron James

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NBA Notes: Video shows Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving apparently mocking LeBron James

NEWPORT, R.I. -- Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry was caught on video apparently mocking LeBron James during a wedding over the weekend, while James' Cavaliers teammate Kyrie Irving eggs him on.

Retired Cavaliers player Brendan Haywood posted the video on Instagram Sunday, with a message saying "shots fired at somebody" and the hashtag (hash)kingwontlikethis.

It shows the two-time NBA MVP pretending to work out with exaggerated moves, an apparent reference to video that James posted on social media that sparked a flurry of fan imitation videos dubbed the (hash)LeBronJamesChallenge.

Irving has asked to be traded, but the team has not said whether it would honor the All-Star point guard's request.

The players were all in Newport, Rhode Island, for the wedding of Dallas Mavericks player Harrison Barnes.

Bucks: Restricted FA Snell re-signs
MILWAUKEE -- The Bucks have re-signed restricted free agent guard Tony Snell, bringing back a backcourt starter and one of the team's best defenders.

Snell set career highs in 2016-17 in points (8.5) and 3-point shooting (40.6 percent) in 80 games, all starts. His 6-foot-7 frame fits in nicely with the Bucks' length on defense.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the club on Monday.

Snell was acquired in October from the Chicago Bulls for guard Michael Carter-Williams. He was taken in the first round with the 20th overall pick by the Bulls in the 2013 draft.

Celtics: Guard Larkin signs contract
BOSTON -- The Celtics have signed free agent guard Shane Larkin.

The deal was announced by the team on Monday.

Larkin was the 18th overall pick in the 2013 draft by Atlanta before being traded to Dallas on draft night. He played in Spain last season, splitting time between the ACB league, Euroleague and the Spanish Cup.

The 24-year-old University of Miami product averaged 5.8 points and 3.2 assists per game over three seasons playing for the Mavericks, Knicks and Nets.

Hawks: Center Stone waived
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks have waived center Diamond Stone, only three weeks he was acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers as part of a three-team trade.

Stone's 2017-18 contract for $1,312,611 is guaranteed.

Stone averaged 9 points and 3.5 rebounds in four games with Atlanta's Las Vegas summer league team following the July 7 trade.

The Hawks also acquired guard Jamal Crawford, who was waived after agreeing to a buyout of his contract, in the trade. The Hawks also obtained a top-three protected 2018 first-round draft pick and $1.3 million from the Clippers in the deal. The Hawks sent a 2019 second-round pick to Denver.

NBA Notes: Bucks trade Michael Carter-Williams to Bulls for Tony Snell

NBA Notes: Bucks trade Michael Carter-Williams to Bulls for Tony Snell

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bulls traded Tony Snell to Milwaukee on Monday in exchange for Michael Carter-Williams as the two Central Division foes swapped two guards going into their fourth NBA seasons.

The 6-foot-6 Carter-Williams was the 11th overall selection by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2013 draft and he was traded to Milwaukee during the 2014-15 season. He has averaged 14.5 points, 5.6 rebounds and 6.1 assists in 190 games, including 170 starts.

Bulls general manager Gar Forman said the team was excited to add Carter-Williams -- "a two-way player who adds versatility and depth."

The 6-foot-7 Snell was selected 20th overall that same draft year by the Bulls. In three seasons, he has averaged 5.3 points and 2.3 rebounds in 18.5 minutes over 213 games, including 67 starts.

Cavaliers: LeBron banner gets championship upgrade
CLEVELAND -- The colossal LeBron James banner soaring over downtown is getting a small -- but significant -- upgrade.

The iconic, 10-stories-tall mural is being removed this week and replaced with a new one that includes a gold patch of the Larry O'Brien Trophy on the back of James' uniform to represent the Cavaliers winning the NBA title last season, ending Cleveland's 52-year championship drought.

The new banner is expected to be installed by Friday. The Cavs open their season against the New York Knicks on Oct. 25, when the players will receive their championship rings and a title banner will be unveiled in the rafters of Quicken Loans Arena.

James' likeness towers over the city, and the black-and-white image of the superstar, his muscular arms outstretched, has become a tourist stop and symbol of civic pride.

Sherwin-Williams considered temporarily removing the giant James banner this summer during the Republican National Convention but changed its mind after a public backlash. The company ended up making a $150,000 donation to the LeBron James Family Foundation.

An original banner of James was taken down after he signed with the Miami Heat in 2010. The new one was installed in October 2014, a few months after the three-time champion re-signed with Cleveland.

The golden upgrade comes as the Indians, who play at Progressive Field next door to the Cavs' arena, are leading the AL Championship Series 2-0 over the Toronto Blue Jays. The Indians are trying to end a World Series drought dating to 1948.

Heat: Whiteside accepts challenge to lead
MIAMI -- Hassan Whiteside's talents are apparently not limited to the dunks and defense that convinced the Miami Heat he was worthy of a $98 million contract this offseason.

Turns out, he also does a very respectable Shaquille O'Neal impression.

"When I met him, he was just, `Big fella, you've got to dunk everything,'" Whiteside said, perfectly mimicking O'Neal's oft-imitated tone. "`I like how you play. Dunk everything.'"

Sounding like O'Neal, that's the easy part.

Playing like O'Neal, that's now the challenge.

The Heat guaranteed Whiteside a fortune, and he's now starting to realize that the team's fortunes -- with Dwyane Wade now in Chicago and questions surrounding Chris Bosh' health -- are on his copious shoulders. It's a challenge he says that he'll embrace, insisting he's still fueled by so many teams passing on him.

"Each month he's been with us, he's gotten better," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "And I think that's a great statement to make. For two straight years, he's gotten better. Seems like each week, each game that he's played, he's understanding his role. He's playing with a great motor right now."