Andy Murray urges LeBron James to stay at beloved Miami Heat

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Andy Murray may be in the midst of trying to defend his Wimbledon Grand Slam title at present, having eased into the third round Wednesday with a straight sets victory, but he wasn't completely satisfied when speaking to the media in the aftermath.

It wasn't his tennis that was causing the issue however, rather the future of NBA superstar LeBron James.

Murray Hopeful

The four-time NBA MVP has this week chosen to opt out his contract with the Miami Heat, and with the Scottish tennis star a season pass holder with the NBA franchise he was clearly worried about what the future holds:

"I hope he stays," Murray told reporters at SW15:

"Just because he opted out of his contract doesn't mean he's definitely going to leave. We'll have to wait and see what his decision is over the next couple of weeks."

Murray spends long periods through the year training in Miami and has developed a strong affinity with the Heat during that time as the NBA franchise has been almost untouchable over the past few years.

"My season ticket lasts for another year or two, so ideally I'd rather he stayed," said Murray.

And the feeling of respect between the two is clearly mutual with LeBron James having even backed the Brit for success in recent Wimbledon tournaments.

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Opting Out

The news this week that LeBron James is set to test free agency after turning down his player option with the Heat has set the rumor mill racing.

As the best player in the league it is no surprise that there are numerous franchise's being linked with making a run for James. But as Murray pointed out Wednesday, the basketball star's latest move does not necessarily mean we have seen the last of LeBron James in a Heat jersey.

Many believe that James is simply making a stand against the franchise, and Heat owner Mickey Arison, with the player hoping his decision will usher in a new phase of investment in a clearly tiring Heat roster.

James could himself choose to re-sign with the Heat and take a pay cut in the process so as to facilitate the franchise's recruitment drive during the NBA offseason.

Murray Looking Good

While one eye may be on events across the pond, Andy Murray is clearly focussed on the Wimbledon challenge ahead of him.

Looking to retain the trophy he won for the first time in 2013, the Scot is yet to drop a set having progressed to the third round.

He defeated Blaz Roja 6-1, 6-1, 6-0 in Round Two.

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