As expected, Darren Collison will undergo surgery on Tuesday in Philadelphia to repair a core muscle injury, a source told CSNBayArea.com.
After a Monday consultation with Dr. William Meyers of the Vincera Institute, the Philadelphia-based surgeon will perform the surgery. Collison will be evaluated in 3-6 weeks.
Collison, the Kings starting point guard, missed his ninth consecutive game due to a right hip flexor strain on Sunday as Sacramento fell to Portland, 110-99.
The Kings (20-37) are 3-6 without Collison due to the injury and begin an eight-game road trip on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden against the Knicks (12-46).
On Tuesday Feb. 24, Collison was examined by a specialist in Los Angeles prior to seeing Dr. Meyers and has yet to play for new Kings coach George Karl.
Without the 27-year-old Collison, the point guard duties are being shared by Ray McCallum, and veteran Andre Miller, who was acquired from the Wizards in exchange for Ramon Sessions at the NBA trade deadline on Feb. 19.
An MRI on Feb. 6 revealed Collison’s injury sustained in a Feb. 5 101-78 loss to the Mavericks.
With 1:44 left in the second quarter, Collison made a driving layup to cut the Mavericks' lead to 52-39, but the point guard landed awkwardly and immediately grabbed his right groin area before walking to the locker room under his own power.
The UCLA product did not return to the game against Dallas and is averaging 16.1 points and 5.6 assists per game this year.
Collison signed a three-year contract with Sacramento as a free agent last summer.