The 43-year-old Los Angeles native guided the Grizz to a 43-39 record and a playoff berth during his first season in charge. They were ousted by the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the 2017 playoffs, however, and he was fired after a 7-12 start to the current campaign.
"I took a risk. Sometimes, when you take a risk, you may piss off a player or two," Fizdale told reporters. "That's part of this position. But I can own the decision and have my reasons why."
If he lands with the Hornets, he'd inherit a roster that's set to return most of the players from a 36-46 team, led by Kemba Walker and Dwight Howard. Michael Carter-Williams is the team's only notable unrestricted free agent.
One key offseason addition would likely be enough to push Charlotte into the postseason next year. At least that would be the expectation for the new head coach, whether it's Fizdale or someone else.