For the first month after the Washington Wizards‘ season ended in the Eastern Conference semifinals, Bradley Beal tried separating himself from basketball, his first love. Not only did the Wizards guard not touch a basketball, but he barely watched the playoffs, as the sight of other teams vying for the championship that he covets was too much for Beal.

The past few weeks, though, have seen Beal return full-throttle to his life of basketball both on and off the court, from training in his hometown of St. Louis to chatting with free agent teammates such as Trevor Ariza and Marcin Gortat in an effort to ensure the Wizards return their nucleus to build on last season’s success.

Beal said he had dinner in Los Angeles with Ariza, who has been courted by a number of teams beyond the Wizards, including the Lakers, the Clippers, Miami, Dallas, Utah, Cleveland and Phoenix.