Thunder forward Kevin Durant is not expected to be named a starter in Sunday night's NBA All-Star Game in place of injured guard Kobe Bryant.
Denver coach George Karl, who will coach the Western Conference All-Stars and is in charge of naming the lineup replacement, said before his Nuggets played San Antonio on Thursday night that he is leaning toward Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki or Nuggets guard Chauncey Billups.
"To be honest with you, I'd probably lean towards Dirk," Karl said. "The karma of the game is 100,000 people. I think it would be good to give Dallas a representative. They've had a good year."
The game will be held at Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday.
The NBA announced Thursday that Bryant will be replaced on the West roster by Dallas point guard Jason Kidd. The East roster spot of 76ers guard Allen Iverson, who also will miss the game, will be filled by New York forward David Lee.
Durant, who is currently second in the league in scoring, finished fifth among Western Conference forwards in fan voting.