Kanye West’s $53M Personal Debt More Than Trail Blazers’ Entire Payroll

Kanye West isn’t fresh out of music ideas, but apparently he’s out of money.

The recording artist made headlines Monday for his recent tweets stating he had $53 million in personal debt, which he asked Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg to help him get out of with a $1 billion investment.

West’s personal debt got us wondering at NESN.com if there were any professional sports teams with a payroll less than West’s debt. And it turns one there is one — the Portland Trail Blazers.

Portland has the smallest payroll of the four major professional sports leagues with $48,507,180 for the 2015-16 season, according to Basketball-Reference.com. The NHL’s salary floor is just under $53 million, but no team is close to that mark.

The Trail Blazers have taken a step back this season, but they have been a consistent playoff team of late. And they didn’t even need $53 million to do it.

Thumbnail photo via Matt Detrich/USA TODAY Sports Images

Thumbnail photo via Recording artist Kanye West

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