Jimmy Butler is grinding away to pad his $34 million salary this season.
The Heat star has taken over the monopoly on coffee shops inside the NBA’s bubble, using his French press and other accessories to charge his fellow players $20 a cup.
“I’m working on my coffee skills,” Butler said on ESPN’s “The Jump” with Rachel Nichols. “After my career, I’m opening my coffee shop. Right now, I’m charging 20 bucks a cup. So if you want some, come through.”
Butler calls his shop “Big Face Coffee,” according to a photo of a whiteboard menu since deleted by teammate Meyers Leonard. He takes cash only — no I.O.U.’s — and offers a variety of drinks: latte, pour over, cappuccino, americano, espresso, red eye, mocha, macchiato and cafe au lait.
“You can’t get coffee nowhere here,” Butler said. “So I might bump it up to 30 bucks a cup. Just depends. People here can afford it. So ain’t nobody complaining.”
The clientele may have shrunk this weekend as six teams went home after failing to qualify for the playoffs in seeding games. Butler and the Heat own the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference, setting them up for a first-round matchup against the Pacers.
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