Philadelphia 76ers guard Jason Richardson, who has been out of the lineup since January 18, won't be returning any time soon.

The 32-year-old confirmed today that he will undergo surgery next week to repair the cartilage in his left knee. He is expected to be out for the next nine months to a year.

Richardson, who makes $5.8 million this year and $6.2 million next year, has a "hole the size of a quarter in his cartilage," according to the Daily News' Bob Cooney.

Four different doctors all agreed that surgery was the best option for Richardson at this point, but coach Doug Collins - who has already called this his toughest season - said that this kind of surgery is "a little unnerving" at this point in Richardson's career.

More to come.