While he is not the player he once was with the Atlanta Hawks earlier in his career, Al Horford can still be an impact player for a playoff-caliber team, which is why the Mavericks could express interest in him in the offseason, especially if he is bought out of his contract.
Kristaps Porzingis is the only real contributor offensively in the Mavericks’ frontcourt, as Maxi Kleber is more of a “3-and-D” big man, which is why getting a low-post and mid-range threat like Al Horford makes sense.
Horford’s veteran leadership and ability to impact the game in more ways than one could really be useful to the Mavericks, especially since they do not really have any consistent options outside of Kristaps Porzingis and Luka Doncic.
A lot of what the Mavericks will do in the offseason though definitely will be impacted by how they do in the playoffs this year. The Mavericks currently are one of the hottest teams in the league and while they may not be a championship contending team, they are definitely more than capable of keeping up with any team in a seven-game series.
Getting an impactful frontcourt player not only helps the Mavericks offensively, but defensively as well since Horford is still capable of being an impactful rebounder, something the Mavs are lacking as they rank 20th in the league in rebounds per game this season.