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Chris Paul on Dwyane Wade joining LeBron James: "I want to beat them bad"

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It has been an eventful summer for the 'banana boat crew' this summer with all of them, bar LeBron James, joining new teams.

It all began with Chris Paul being traded to the Houston Rockets from the Los Angeles Clippers just days prior to free agency.

More recently, that was followed up by Carmelo Anthony's saga with the New York Knicks finally coming to an end as he secured a move to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Not to miss out on the fun, Dwyane Wade decided to get in on the act as he signed a one-year, $2.3 million deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers this week soon after agreeing a buyout with the Chicago Bulls.

Of course, only Wade's move sees him team up with a fellow 'banana boat' member as he reunites with LeBron.

For much of the summer, it was supposed to be Melo and CP3 joining forces in Houston but that deal failed to materialise.

Paul was asked how he felt about seeing two of his close friends reconnect in Cleveland and explained that he is relishing taking to the floor against them this season.

"I told them guys congrats," Paul said, per Locked On Rockets' Ben DuBose. "At the end of the day, I know [Carmelo Anthony] wants to beat them bad. I want to beat them bad. They want to beat us bad. It is what it is."

The most important thing for the quartet is that they will all be on championship-contending teams for the upcoming year.

CP has formed a dangerous backcourt with superstar James Harden and Carmelo is part of one of the league's most talented trios alongside Russell Westbrook and Paul George.

Of the four stars, it is James and Wade who have the best chance of winning a title as they reside in the Eastern Conference and because LBJ has been to seven straight finals.

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Alongside the likes of Isaiah Thomas, Kevin Love, Derrick Rose, J.R. Smith and Jae Crowder, the duo will be part of a formidable roster in Cleveland and arguably the most talented team that either of them has been on.

For Paul, however, he won't have to wait too long for his crack at his 'banana boat' friends as the Cavaliers head to the Toyota Center to take on the Rockets on November 9, less than a month into the season.

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